Los Angeles Lakers are the New Victims of the Coronavirus as Players Test Positive

Published 03/20/2020, 1:05 AM EDT


Los Angeles Lakers have announced two positive cases for the COVID-19 on Thursday.

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Not long ago, the Nets had announced three of their players, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for coronavirus. This led to the officials asking the Lakers players to undergo a test for the virus. The decision came as the Nets had last played the Lakers prior to the NBA‘s suspension.

After 14 of their 17 players underwent the test, the Lakers confirmed in a statement that two of their players tested positive.

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“Following four Brooklyn Nets players testing positive for Covid-19, because Los Angeles Lakers’ players were exposed to them during our game against the Nets on March 10, our team physicians and public health officials recommended coronavirus testing for the players,” the statement on Thursday read.
“We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive.
The Lakers, however, said that neither of the players showed symptoms. Also, the Lakers have advised their players to stay in self-quarantine.

“Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician,” the statement read.

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“The health and well-being of our players, our organization, our fans, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount. As always, we appreciate the support of our fans, family and friends, and wish everyone affected by this virus a speedy recovery.”

Apart from the Los Angeles Lakers, members from Philadelphia 76ers organization have also positive coronavirus cases

Like the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers had also last played a game against a team with a coronavirus case- Detroit Pistons. After the Lakers, the Sixers confirmed that three members of their organization- including players, coaches & support staff- have tested positive for coronavirus.

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“Three individuals have received positive test results for COVID-19. All other tests results are currently negative. We have reported this information to state and local health authorities as required. Pursuant to CDC guidelines, the individuals are in self-isolation. And will be monitored closely by medical professionals,” a statement from the Sixers read.

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