Serie A restart plans dealt blow as Fiorentina confirm 6 COVID-19 cases

Serie A outfit Fiorentina have this evening confirmed that 6 of the club’s staff have returned positive tests for COVID-19.

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As COVID-19 (more commonly referred to as the coronavirus) continues to wreak havoc worldwide, Italy has stood as one of the hardest-hit nations on the planet.

As of this evening, the Italians have announced over 215,000 positive cases, of whom just shy of 30,000 have passed away.

Serie A, meanwhile, as has been the case with the vast majority of top leagues across the globe, has been postponed for around 2 months now.

MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 06: Head coach of FC Internazionale Antonio Conte (R) shakes hands with head coach of Juventus Maurizio Sarri before the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 6, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, despite the horrific circumstances across the country, all 20 Serie A clubs have, on more than one occasion, voted in favour of playing out the remaining fixtures of the Serie A season.

This, in turn, saw a return to limited training sessions sanctioned this week, amid a steady drop in new cases in Italy.

Concern at Fiorentina

To ensure maximum safety for all involved, though, players understandably have to be medically cleared before joining teammates on the training pitch.

And, as outlined above, medical checks at one of the Italian top-flight’s clubs earlier today has since seen concerns spread once more.

In an official statement released a short time ago, Fiorentina confirmed that three members of the club’s first-team squad, along with a further three individuals from across the Viola’s support staff, have returned positive COVID-19 tests:

‘Following the laboratory checks carried out yesterday afternoon, ACF Fiorentina announces that 3 athletes and 3 from the technical-health staff have tested positive for COVID-19.’

‘The club has proceeded, as per protocol, to isolate those involved.’

‘The rest of the group are scheduled to undergo medical and fitness examinations prior to the start of the optional activity in the field.’

News of the situation at Fiorentina comes less than 24 hours after Torino announced that one of the club’s stars has also been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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