As the coronavirus crisis deepens in Italy, three more footballers have tested positive for the the virus including AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and, Juventus star Paulo Dybala. Also Read - 'Aao, Phir se Diya Jalaein', PM Modi Shares Vajpayee's Iconic Poem Day After '9-Minute Blackout' Call
Both Maldini and his 18-year-old son Daniel, who also plays for Milan, have returned positive results for COVID-19 and will remain in quarantine, the club announced in a statement on Saturday. Also Read - 108 Staff at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Quarantined as Two Patients Test Positive For COVID-19
“AC Milan confirms that Paolo Maldini, the club’s technical director, became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself,” a statement from the club read. Also Read - Asthmatic Man, 40, Dies of Coronavirus in Scotland Hours After Telling Wife 'I Can't Keep Fighting it'
“He was administered with a swab test yesterday, the result of which was positive. His son Daniel, a forward in AC Milan’s youth team who had previously been training with the first team, also tested positive. Paolo and Daniel are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities,” it added.
Meanwhile, Dybala has become the third Juventus player to have contracted coronavirus.
In an Instagram post, Dybala said he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini have have tested positive although neither displaying any symptoms and are in good health.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive. Luckily we are in perfect condition. Thanks for your messages,” Dybala wrote.
Juventus have confirmed the same in a statement saying the Argentine has been in home isolation since March 11.
“Paulo Dybala has undergone medical tests that revealed a positive result for Coronavirus-Covid 19. He has been in voluntary home isolation since Wednesday, March 11. He will continue to be monitored, following the usual regime. He is well and is asymptomatic,” the statement read.
Italy has been the worst affected country since the coronavirus outbreak with recording nearly 5,000 deaths with the number of reported cases crossing 50,000 by Saturday.