Juventus Defender, Daniele Rugani, Tests Positive for Coronavirus


Juventus, have confirmed that Italian defender, Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Rugani is the first player in the Serie A to test positive for the disease which has been labeled as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. 

Italy has been the worst hit by the disease outside of China, where it started, prompting the country to announce a nationwide lockdown till April 3.

Football and all other sports in the country have also been suspended until April 3 in the nation of 60 million population. 

Juventus announced the result of the test carried out on the defender on its website and social media channels.

The club said Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.

Rugani was an unused substitute in the team’s last game, at home against Inter Milan last Sunday. That match was played in an empty stadium in line with a government decree before measures became even stricter in Italy.