Seven Nõmme Kalju footballers test positive for coronavirus

Seven players from the football club Nõmme Kalju have tested positive for coronavirus.

Last week, the Health Board recommended canceling a football league match between Nõmme Kalju and Slovenian team NŠ Mura, as both teams were found to have players with coronavirus.

Three of the five new cases of coronavirus reported in Harju County on Tuesday morning were players from the football club. Since then, results show four more players have tested positive.

The players were tested on Monday at the initiative of the Estonian Football Association (EJL). According to Mihkel Uiboleht, a member of the Union Crisis Committee, the EJL is taking the halting of the infection very seriously.

"So far the club has organized what is happening in the team, then because the situation has escalated, the football association will take over the management of this crisis," said Uiboleht.

"The test results were received gradually. There are now seven positive tests among Nõmme Kalju players. Those who have given a positive test and their close contacts cannot play a Eurozone game. We are interested in saving the Premium League season," Uiboleht told ERR in an interview on Tuesday. 

"To do this, everyone must be isolated, otherwise the virus will spread. Those who have given a negative sample will be monitored by us and tested every few days. We must be prepared for more positive tests to come."

According to Uiboleht, the Kalju euro game has been postponed until September 10.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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