Coronavirus: Cologne trio positive, German club confirms

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Cologne fans in a Bundesliga match against Schalke in February

Three people in Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus, the German club has confirmed, although they say the training “will continue as planned”.

The Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league in Europe to resume competition.

Authorities suggested a resumption on May 9, but the government has delayed the decision and a restart could now take place on May 16 or 23.

Those who tested positive have “no symptoms” but will remain in quarantine for 14 days, the club said.

“The entire team, coaching staff and backstage staff tested for Covid-19 on Thursday,” the statement said.

“FC Koln will not confirm any names out of respect for the privacy of the persons concerned. Training can continue as planned, in accordance with hygiene and infection control measures that have been in place since April 6 during group training.

“The prerequisite for this is that the group of people concerned be subjected to additional tests, as indicated in the medical concept of the DFL’s Taskforce Sports Medicine / Special Game Operation. “

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Thursday that any decision to resume sports will be made on Wednesday 6 May.

The league has been suspended since mid-March due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

“It is absolutely necessary that we remain disciplined and follow health guidelines,” said Merkel.

The LDF has warned that many first division teams will be in a “life threatening” financial situation if play does not resume by June.

With nine games in the season to go, Cologne is in 10th place.

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