The director of the intensive care unit at Bergamo's Giovanni Hospitali XXIII has said Atalanta's Champions League clash with Valencia worked as an accelerator for the coronavirus that has devastated the region. Some 4,178 people have died so far in Lombardy.
Professional football across Europe is suspended for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak with Euro 2020 postponed by a year.
"The aggregation of thousands of people, centimetres from each other, engaging in manifestations of euphoria like hugging, shouting, all of that could've favoured viral reciprocation". No, I don't know if it was predictable.
One of the great stories of the European season now on hold was the success of tiny Italian club Atalanta. Little did we know what was going on, because the first has infected with coronavirus found in Italy only on 23 February.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 400,000 people worldwide, including over 19,000 deaths.
But the mayor of Bergamo, where Atalanta is located, believes the first leg contributed to the massive spread of COVID-19 in Italy and Spain, the two countries with the highest death tolls and in particular Bergamo, where more than 1,000 people have died in Bergamo, making it the most deadly province in all of Italy. Nearly 30 busloads of followers made the 60-kilometer (37-mile) journey from Bergamo to Milan. The match was historic. "In buses, cars, trains". Two weeks after the match, the number of infections began to rise sharply.
Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay was the primary Spanish league participant to check constructive for COVID-19.
Fellaini's constructive take a look at was alarming as a result of, whereas the outbreak started spreading in China, the virus has reportedly been receding there. "Your entire setting must be protected".
Nonetheless, just one constructive take a look at from Atalanta has been introduced.
"The head of the civil protection agency has talked about the likelihood that for every proven positive case there are probably 10 actual positives". In the meantime, both the Bergamo team and Valencia are left wondering about the unforeseen effects of their match in February.