FIFA president Infantino tests positive for Covid-19; Diego Maradona self-isolates following contact with symptomatic person

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino had tested positive for Covid-19.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino had tested positive for Covid-19.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that Infantino has mild symptoms and “has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.”

People who have come into contact with the 50-year-old Swiss lawyer in recent days have been informed “to take the necessary steps,” FIFA said.

Diego Maradona began self-isolating on Tuesday after a person he works closely with showed symptoms of Covid-19.

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Diego Maradona began self-isolating on Tuesday after a person he works closely with showed symptoms of Covid-19.

Infantino has travelled little during the coronavirus pandemic, but he attended a signing ceremony at the White House last month to mark normalized relations for Israel with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Infantino’s infection comes as Switzerland reports a spike in COVID-19 cases. Switzerland has reported 127,000 cases this year, with more than 23,000 since last Friday.

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Meanwhile, Diego Maradona began self-isolating on Tuesday after a person he works closely with showed symptoms of Covid-19, state news agency Telam reported.

Maradona, the coach of the Gimnasia y Esgrima team in Argentina’s top division, was self-isolating at home, according to Telam. He will remain in quarantine until test results are known. The person with symptoms was not identified.

The soccer great turns 60 years old on Friday.

River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is also in quarantine at his home, following coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

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River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is also in quarantine at his home, following coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo was also in quarantine at home, the club said on Twitter. On Saturday, he was in contact with a person who later tested positive for COVID-19, according to local media.

The Argentinian championship will restart this week. It was interrupted in March due to the pandemic.



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