Last Monday, the folder had registered 41 infected with the new coronavirus in the competition, which changed its headquarters ‘at the last minute’ after Argentina and Colombia withdrew.
O Ministry of Health issued a note on Tuesday, 15, stating that the number of cases of Covid-19 related to America Cup reached 52, 33 among players and members of technical committees, in addition to 19 diagnosed among service providers hired by South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), the organizer of the tournament. Yesterday, the folder had registered 41 infected with the new coronavirus in the competition, which changed headquarters “at the last minute” after Argentina and Colombia withdrew, starting last Sunday.
According to the folder, “3.045 RT-PCR tests were carried out among players, members of delegations and service providers” and “the cases of service providers were confirmed in Brasília (DF) and in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). The ministry also stated that the “positivity of cases by covid-19 was 1.70%”. The security protocol for the Copa América provides rules for each moment of the teams’ stay, from their arrival in Brazil to their return to their countries of origin. Athletes must stay in the hotels where they are staying and cannot leave the venue, except for training and matches. Players must also pass Covid-19 tests every other day. Last week, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, minimized the occurrence of positive cases of the disease among members of foreign delegations. “It is part. If we don’t have the possibility of positive cases, we wouldn’t have strict protocols. Other athletes should come and the match will happen normally”, he said.