The NBA broke the news on Thursday that 9 more payers have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The news broke as the league is about to restart the matches late this month.
“In tests conducted of 344 NBA players between June 24-29, an additional nine players have tested positive for the coronavirus,” the NBA and National Basketball Players Association said in a joint statement.
25 players till now have been tested +ve for the COVID-19, if you put it in another way it will be about 7% of the league. However, the members of the NBA team staff have a lesser count, there are 10 positive cases out of 884.
According to the COVID-19 rules of the NBA league, team personnel or the player who have tested positive for the coronavirus will have to undergo self-isolation. They have to remain in isolation until they satisfy the public health protocols and then they have to be declared fit by a physician.
A restart of the NBA League
After a gap of 3 months since March, the NBA league is scheduled to resume again on the 30th of July. 22 teams will participate in the restart of the season and all the teams will arrive at a bubble venue in Orlando, Florida next week. They will train there and the player will be accommodated at the three Disney hotels. The venue for the NBA league games will be the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
According to ESPN Adam Silver who is the commissioner of the NBA said that he is very much booming with confidence about the restart of the NBA league and it will happen as per schedule later this month.
“If there were something to change that was outside of the scope of what we are playing for, certainly we would revisit our plans,” Silver said, according to ESPN. “We are testing daily. We haven’t put a precise number on it, but if we were to see a large number of cases and see spread in our community, that would of course be a cause to stop as well.”
Silver’s remarks come as Orange County, which is the location of the sports complex, and Florida in general have witnessed the increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases in recent times.