Coronavirus: Spread of deadly virus linked to Atalanta versus Valencia UCL match

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

The director of the intensive care unit at Bergamo's Giovanni Hospitali XXIII has said Atalanta's Champions League clash with Valencia worked as an accelerator for the coronavirus that has devastated the region.

This was the biggest soccer game in Atalanta's history and a third of Bergamo's population made the trip to the San Siro, with almost 2,500 Valencia fans traveling for the game.

Even Bergamo mayor Giorgio Gori reiterated those thoughts during a Facebook chat about the city's ignorance regarding the pandemic.

Italy and Spain have become two of the European nations hardest hit by cases of Covid-19 with the Spanish Ministry of Health confirming Wednesday that Spain has now recorded more fatalities than China from the coronavirus. "If it's true what they're saying that the virus was already circulating in Europe in January, then it's very probable that 40,000 Bergamaschi in the stands of San Siro, all together, exchanged the virus between them". Many watched the game in groups and there were many contacts that night. "When peace time comes, I can assure you we will go and see how numerous 40,000 people who went to the game became infected", Lorini added.

According to the Associated Press, Valencia, which saw 2,500 fans travel to Italy for the game, now has 2,600 confirmed cases.

On the other hand, A statement from Valencia on 16 March confirmed 35% of their squad had tested positive and also mentioned having to play on February 19.in an 'area confirmed high risk by the Italian authorities days later'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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