CORONAVIRUS: Chile Set To Quarantine Alexis Sanchez And Vidal
March. 12, 2020
Chilean footballers Alexis Sanchez of Inter Milan and Arturo Vidal of Barcelona could be quarantined as a result of the coronavirus outbreak if they travel to South America for the World Cup qualifiers later this March.
Alexis plays for Inter Milan and the scenerio with the virus in Italy is nothing short of severe. Vidal plays for Barcelona, and though the outbreak is not as severe in Spain as it is in Italy, there has been a steady rise in coronavirus cases.
The Italian government have issued warnings against travelling with the exception being essential travel as 631 people having already died from the illness in the country.
Sanchez and Vidal will travel to Uruguay for a match on March 26 and later take on Colombia at home.
According to Emol, the Chilean health minister Jaime Manalich said: ''We do not make any distinction by people's profession because nobody is immune to this virus and indeed the quarantine determined today for Italy applies to everyone.''
''Of course, if these players want to work out on a machine in their homes, or all be quarantined together at Juan Pinto Duran (the national football stadium), then that's their call.''
The Chilean Football Federation however have claimed they have not been informed about the quarantine plans.
They released a statement saying: ''So far there are no changes to our plans. What the minister says comes as a surprise.''
Italy have announced a national quarantine and advised its citizens against travelling except on emergency cases after its death toll from coronavirus soared from 168 to 631 this week.
“We do not make any distinction by people’s profession because nobody is immune to this virus and indeed the quarantine determined today for Italy applies to everyone,” said Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, according to local news website Emol.
“Of course, if these players want to work out on a machine in their homes, or all be quarantined together at Juan Pinto Duran (the national football stadium), then that’s their call.”
A source at the Football Federation of Chile told Emol it had been told nothing about quarantine plans for any players.
“So far there are no changes to our plans,” a source said. “What the minister says comes as a surprise.”
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