Published on : 3/12/2020 – 2:14 p.m.Modified : 3/12/2020 – 2:14 p.m.
The number of Covid-19 cases jumped in Spain to 2,968, according to the last official report Thursday, against 2,140 Wednesday evening, while the death toll almost doubled to reach 84. The world of sport is not saving. The football championship has been suspended and Real Madrid placed in quarantine.
Spain is now one of the countries most affected in the world by the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of cases of new coronavirus jumped in Spain to 2 968, according to the last official report Thursday March 12, against 2 140 Wednesday evening. The death toll almost doubled, to 84 against 48. The Madrid region, the most affected in the country, accounts for almost half of the cases with 1,388 people infected. Spain is the most affected country in Europe after Italy. As of Sunday, it still had only 589 cases.
The Spanish Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has been tested positive for the new coronavirus but “is going well”, the government announced on Thursday, all members of which will be tested. Consequence of this test, only the ministers whose “presence is necessary”, will participate in the extraordinary Council of Ministers convened Thursday to adopt in particular economic measures in the face of the consequences of the epidemic of coronavirus.
La Liga suspended, Real Madrid in quarantine
The world of sport has not been spared. La Liga, the Spanish football championship, was suspended at least until the end of March. Real Madrid for its part confirmed placing its players and staff in quarantine. A player on his basketball team has been “tested positive for Covid-19”. “The first basketball and football teams” as well as “all the staff” of Real Madrid were therefore immediately “placed in quarantine”, since the two teams “shared the facilities of the Real Madrid training center”, which was therefore closed.
“The Euroleague basketball and La Liga football matches, scheduled for today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), will not be contested,” Real Madrid added in its statement.
On Tuesday, La Liga issued a press release announcing at first that “La Liga Santander matches (1re division) and La Liga Smartbank (2e division) will be played behind closed doors. “But on Wednesday, under pressure from third division clubs (the highest non-professional level in Spain), the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decreed the suspension of all amateur football from country, regardless of level, age category, gender or discipline.