Lazio president Nicola Zingaretti tests positive for coronavirus


Lazio president Nicola Zingaretti has confirmed in a video message on social media that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The deadly virus, which has affected over 100,000 people worldwide, has claimed almost 200 lives in Italy.

With the outbreak worsening, all Italian sport is now being played behind closed doors until April 3 – including England’s Six Nations matches.

Serie A have also pushed back their next two rounds of fixtures by a week as a result of the virus.

And Zingaretti, an Italian politician who has served as Lazio president for seven years, announced today that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

“The doctors have told me that I am positive at Covid-19,” he said.

“I am fine but I will have to stay home for the next few days. From here I will continue to follow the work there is to do.

“Courage to all and see you soon!”

Italy have the third highest amount of coronavirus cases worldwide, with over 4,500 people affected by it in the country.

Only Iran, South Korea and China – where the virus originated from – have more cases globally.

It is believed 164 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, with two people passing away.

The Premier League have decided to scrap pre-match handshakes between teams in a bid to stop the virus spreading in England.

“The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice,” an official statement reads.

“Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake.

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“Clubs and match officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture.

“On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands.”

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