Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Ahead of the first match in the South American soccer tournament Copa America, 12 players on the Venezuelan national team have tested positive for Covid-19, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday , the latest complication in a tournament that has been relocated to Brazil due to problems in the original host countries of Colombia and Argentina. Key Facts Twelve members among the players and coaches of the Venezuelan national soccer team tested positive for Covid-19, Brazilian health officials said after the team arrived Friday night for the Copa America, South America's soccer championship tournament, according to the AFP report . The players and staff who tested positive are isolating in hotel rooms. Venezuela is scheduled to play Brazil in the opening match of the tournament Sunday, which was relocated to Brazil from Argentina and Colombia due to the high Covid-19 infection rate in the former and social unrest in the latter. Six in 10 Brazilians opposed President Jair Bolsonaro's offer to move the tournament to their country, one of the worst-hit by the pandemic, averaging 1,800 new deaths from the virus a day. Key Background Fewer than 1% of people in Venezuela, an economically devastated… Read full this story
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