The National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended the remainder of their 2019-20 season in wake of one player from Utah Jazz being tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) ahead of Thursday’s game between Utah and Oklahoma City Thunder. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Cancels 16 Special Train Services From May 7 | Check Full List Here
“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” an official statement from the league stated. Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights
“At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena. The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the statement further added. Also Read - MK Stalin to be Sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM on Friday
Utah’s center Rudy Gobert was tested positive for the coronavirus. NBA owners then held a conference call to discuss the league’s coronavirus response plans that failed to produce a resolution, reported The Washington Post.
The Utah franchise also released a statement.
“This morning a player on the Utah Jazz tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of today, however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.
A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City game. Subsequently, the decision was correctly made by the NBA to postpone the game. When it was determined that the individual would be tested, we immediately informed the league office. The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation are paramount in our discussions.
We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information. The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.”