— Published 22 June 2021

Copa America heavily affected by the virus


The number of people infected with COVID-19 at the Copa America football tournament in Brazil continues to rise. It has risen to 66 by the middle of last week. On Monday, June 21st, CONMEBOL announced in a press release that 140 people have been tested since the start of the continental tournament. In total, 15,235 tests have been carried out. The number of people infected represents only 0.9% of this contingent. According to CONMEBOL, most of the coronavirus cases have involved employees of the competition’s service providers, particularly in the teams’ hotels. But half of the teams participating in the Copa America have reported cases of COVID-19, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Chile. Chilean team officials acknowledged on Sunday (June 20th) that some of the players had breached the sanitary protocol by inviting a hairdresser to their hotel in the city of Cuiaba. The Chilean Football Federation did not disclose the number or names of the players involved, but said they would be fined.