epa06283339 Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, France, 22 October 2017. EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

MOSCOW, September 2. /TASS/. Three players of the French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have been diagnosed with positive cases of the novel coronavirus, the club’s official website announced in a statement on Wednesday.

“Three Paris Saint-Germain players have confirmed positive Sars CoV2 tests and our subject to the appropriate health protocol,” the statement from the French club reads.

“All of the players and coaching staff will continue to undergo tests in the coming days,” the statement added.

French daily L’Equipe reported earlier on September 2 that the PSG players, who had been reportedly diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, are Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes from Argentina, as well as Brazilian striker Neymar.

The 28-year-old Brazilian forward Neymar joined French football club Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 signing a record-high contract of 222 million Euros ($262.8 milion) at that time.

France is currently 17th among other countries in terms of confirmed novel coronavirus cases, which exceed the figure of 286,000. The COVID-19 death toll in the country is over 30,600. More than 86,700 patients have been reported to recover from the virus.

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 25,744,820 people have been infected worldwide and more than 856,830 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 18,024,620 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

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