First cases of coronavirus reported in the Bulgarian league

SOFIA: Two players from Bulgaria's top division have been quarantined with suspects coronavirus infections, their clubs said Thursday.

Etar Veliko Tarnovo midfielder Krasimir Stanoev He was quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19, a club official told Reuters who did not want to be identified.

Etar, the Bulgarian champions of 1991, are still awaiting the results of Stanoev's second test.

Seven-time champion Slavia Sofia, the oldest club in the Bulgarian capital, said her defender Emil Viyachki he was isolated on suspicion of infection.

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Viyachki is suspected of having the virus, but we are not concerned because he is isolated and has no contact with others, Slavia president said Ventseslav Stefanov said. There is no place for concern.

The Bulgarian league will resume after the COVID-19 strike on June 5 without viewers and in a shortened format, which would allow the league season to be completed within a month.

All players must undergo testing for the novel coronavirus before returning to team training.

As of Thursday, the Balkan country had 2,100 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus while 99 people had died.