Sunday, February 5, 2023

German football game in doubt after 18 virus cases at club

SANDHAUSEN, Germany (NWN) – A German second-division football game could be called off after one of the clubs reported 18 new cases of coronavirus among players and staff.

Sandhausen said late Thursday that players came across with symptoms similar to a cold during training on Wednesday and that 12 players and six staff members later tested positive for the virus. They are all in isolation.

Sandhausen said it was “doubtful” whether Sunday’s game in division leader St Pauli could go ahead.

Soccer games in Germany were repeatedly moved or postponed in previous seasons due to the outbreak of teams. It has become a rarity this season following the rollout of the vaccine program for younger age groups.

The positive tests for players come against the backdrop of a growing number of virus cases in Germany. The country recorded a record 37,120 new infections on Friday.

Sandhausen did not say how many people had been vaccinated, but team doctor Nicholas Stritch said many cases were without symptoms due to the “very high vaccination status” at the club. The club said it is a strong supporter of vaccine programs.


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