(Reuters) – With training camps slated to open in less than two weeks, 72 players from the National Football League tested positive for COVID-19 by July 10, according to the players’ association.
It was not immediately clear who the players were or what teams they were playing for.
The NFL plans to move forward with its regular season kickoff on September 10, with several clubs anticipating reduced capacity – or no fans at all – in the stadiums on match days to allow for distancing social, as the league finds a way forward amid the coronavirus epidemic.
As players report to training camps on July 28, ESPN reported that the NFL and the Players’ Association (NFLPA) are negotiating COVID-19 protocols, including how to classify the diagnosis of potential positive coronavirus of a player.
NFLPA also included data on the concentration of coronavirus in each team’s market on Thursday, finding that the metropolitan areas of the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars lead the average of 14 days of daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in several American states, Florida announcing Thursday 13,965 new cases and 156 deaths – its largest day-long increase in deaths from the new coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Steve Orlofsky
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