Three Flamengo players test positive for COVID-19

RIO DE JANEIRO: three first-team players in Brazilian champions Flamengo have tested positive for the new coronavirus , along with 35 other people linked to the club, said the Rio de Janeiro side.

The club conducted 293 tests on players, officials, and their families between April 30 and May 3.

For those who tested positive, all asymptomatic, the measures taken will be isolation and quarantine, daily monitoring with questions about their vital signs and progress, the club said in a statement released Wednesday night.

Players whose family members tested positive will also have to be quarantined, he added.

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Flamengo did not name the players who tested positive but the Libertadores Cup the champions have the most star-studded team in South America football , with names like Gabriel Barbosa , Filipe Luis , Diego Alves and Rafinha

The club's masseur, Jorginho, 68, died of the disease last week.

Flamengo last played on March 14, shortly before the Rio state championship was halted because of the pandemic.

The Rio football federation has granted permission for clubs to begin training again but there is no date set for a resumption of games.

So far, Brazil has reported 125,218 cases of COVID-19, with 8,536 deaths, 615 announced Wednesday alone, a record.