Three people test positive for COVID-19 at FC Cologne

Three people have contracted coronavirus at FC Cologne in Germany as deliberation over a possible return to action in the Bundesliga continues.

The Bundesliga has been on suspension since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but teams have returned to training as they look forward to a return to action on May 9.

It was reported on Thursday that the German government delayed a decision on the return of the Bundesliga until next week, with May 16 and 23, the dates being considered. With this recent development, it remains to be seen if the return will materialize on those dates.

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Meanwhile, players are undergoing tests at their clubs in preparation for the resumption in May. FC Cologne is one of the clubs that carried out the procedure.

They’ve released a statement to confirm that three people have tested positive for the disease after conducting tests on all players, coaches, and backroom staff on Thursday. However, none of them are showing symptoms of the disease.

Cologne didn’t reveal the identities of the affected parties out of respect for privacy. However, they’ve chosen to continue with training ground activities for the groups that are available based on “the hygiene and infection control measures that have been in place since April 6”.

“The prerequisite for this is that the relevant group of people are tested further, as stated for in the medical concept of the “Taskforce Sports Medicine/Special Game Operation” from the DFL,” read Cologne’s statement.

“The procedure was discussed on Friday with the chair of the taskforce, Prof. Dr. med. Tim Meyer, medical director of the Institute for Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University and Prof. Dr. med. Barbara Gärtner, specialist in microbiology and infection epidemiology.”