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2 Serie A players test positive for Covid-19, teams in quarantine

Manolo Gabbiadini and Daniele Rugani are the first two players affected by the pandemic.

Juventus Training Session Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Two Serie A players, Daniele Rugani of Juventus and Manolo Gabbiadini of Sampdoria, have tested positive for Covid-19 amidst the pandemic that led to the league’s suspension.

Rugani didn’t play in his team’s most recent match against Inter Milan, but was on the bench and involved in post-match handshakes and celebrations. Inter’s players are in quarantine as a result, and its Europa League match against Getafe has been cancelled. Gabbiadini recently played in a match against Hellas Verona behind closed doors. All four clubs have suspended training and have placed their players in quarantine.

Italy has the most confirmed cases of Covid-19 of any European country, and the government has ordered all businesses except food and drug stores to close. Serie A matches have been suspended, and the competition will not resume until April 3 at the earliest. No plans have been announced for what might happen if the competition cannot resume next month.