The National Hockey League has reported its first confirmed case of the Coronavirus. An anonymous member of the Ottawa Senators is said to have been diagnosed with the illness.
The authorities at the Ottawa Senators announced that the concerned player displayed symptoms similar to those of people affected by the disease. He was immediately placed in self-isolation and later tested positive for COVID-19.
The Senators released an official statement after the incident:
“As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff.”
It is uncertain whether other members of the team have contracted the virus. The NHL had stated that the current season stands suspended and all players should observe a two-week period of self-quarantine. The league reiterated its stance on self-isolation after today’s confirmation.
Coronavirus: The destroyer of sports?
Ever since the pandemic emerged, it has gravely impacted major sporting leagues. Ranging from the NBA to the Premier League, some of the biggest sporting federations are sitting on suspended seasons because of the rapidly spreading illness.
The NBA itself confirmed seven cases of the coronavirus. While the identities of 6 of these players are concealed from the public, the one affirmed case has crushed fans’ hearts.
Kevin Durant is the only person in the NBA with a confirmed case of the coronavirus. Authorities also confirmed that three other players fell victim to the pandemic.
The disease also came as a huge blow for Liverpool F.C. The club was edging towards its first PL victory in years when the coronavirus swooped in and the League suspended the season.
This came after Coronavirus made Gunners Boss Mikel Arteta its victim. The PL conducted an emergency meeting and decided to suspend the rest of the season after considering health concerns.
The COVID-19 also poses a huge threat to possibly the greatest event in UFC history. UFC 249 will witness a fight between two of the best Lightweights of this generation, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Unfortunately, despite the management’s best efforts to provide a safe environment while conducting the events as per schedule, the government regulations forced the UFC to postpone three of its events.
If the situation does not change for the better, UFC 249 will be the next event to face postponement. This will come as a huge disappointment for the complete UFC Universe.
Besides the obvious damage to the calendars of all sports, the pandemic has dealt a huge deal of pain to the economy of countries throughout the world. The lifestyle of people remains restricted in the presence of the growing problem. And we are still far from finding the cure.
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