Spanish 2nd-tier club Lugo reports 23 coronavirus cases

MADRID (AP) — Spanish second-tier club Lugo said Sunday that a COVID-19 outbreak has infected 23 people, including 15 of its players, triggering the postponement of its next game.

Seven members of Lugo’s coaching staff and one additional worker are among those infected.

Lugo said that the outbreak occurred “despite the rigorous and constant application of protocols.”

The club canceled its training session planned for Sunday, and Lugo’s home match against second-tier leader Almeria on Monday has been postponed by the Spanish soccer federation.

Lugo said that regional health authorities have ordered the remaining 27 people who had been tested for possible infection to remain in home confinement ahead of a new round of tests on Monday.

La Liga leader Real Madrid reported six infected players this week.

Given the rise of cases due to the omicron variant, the Spanish soccer federation has restored a ban on shaking hands and other greetings as well as any tributes held before kickoff. It has also reminded clubs and players that they need to exercise extreme caution.

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