MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. Spanish football club Valencia reported two confirmed novel coronavirus cases among the club’s players, the press service of the club said in a statement on Tuesday.

Russian national football team’s Denis Cheryshev currently plays as a left winger for Valencia CF.

“The PCR [Polymerase chain reaction] and blood serum tests carried out this Monday for the first team, coaching staff and direct collaborators have detected two positive cases of COVID-19,” the club’s statement reads. “Those who have tested positive will remain isolated in their homes, in accordance with LaLiga and VCF protocols.”

“From the first moment of this health crisis, Valencia CF have given special importance to measures to halt the expansion of the pandemic, and will maintain a strict protocol to which all members of the club are completely committed,” the statement added without specifying the names of the infected players.

Spain is ranked 10th in terms of confirmed novel coronavirus cases, which currently stand at 370,060. The COVID-19 death toll in the country is over 28,570.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus – named COVID-19 by the WHO – have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 20,281,370 people have been infected worldwide and more than 739,700 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 13,205,790 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

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