The sixth wave rushes in LaLiga Santander. The RCD Espanyol reported this Monday seven new positive cases for COVID-19 In the first team, in particular, five of these infections are from players, while the other two correspond to the coaching staff, according to the Catalan club.
“The PCR tests carried out this Sunday show five positive results among all the players on the team and another two on the staff. In line with LaLiga and following all health protocols, these staff members have been isolated and are doing well”, Explained the RCD Espanyol it’s a statement.
The entity insisted that it has applied “the highest standards of safety and prevention” since the beginning of this health crisis for its staff and its players. “And so we will continue to make you aware of our responsibility in the fight against the pandemic.“, Concluded the club.
Thus, the club joins other clubs such as Real Madrid, which suffered the outbreak and contagion of up to nine members of the first team, all of them already recovered; or Celta de Vigo, which also detected three positives in its squad.
LaLiga changes its protocol
The new protocol anti-COVID-19 from The league tightens the measures and regulations to try to alleviate the effects of the pandemic and, among other obligations, the teams will have to pass more antigen tests or PCR as after Christmas and the matches of the national teams, and the signings.
The league believes that this new protocol to curb the new wave of the pandemic in competition is “Minimum” and contemplate a series of “Obligations and necessary recommendations”, given the health situation of the last week and the consequent rebound in positive cases.
More antigen tests and PCR
Antigen tests will be daily and mandatory before each training session, entry to club facilities or at concentrations for all personnel in direct contact with the first team (whether vaccinated or not).
As for the test operation on the official LaLiga match day, the local club must undergo the tests first thing in the day or at the start of the concentration and the visiting club before starting the trip to the place of the match.
Additionally, a weekly PCR must be carried out during at least the first 15 days of January 2022, as well as a serological control. The league will manage and pay for these tests.
It will also be mandatory for the teams to undergo a PCR around Christmas, at the end of the different FIFA periods and on the return of “3 or more days of rest in a row”. For signings or new additions to a coaching staff, it will also be mandatory to go through a PCR.
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