— Published 15 June 2021

More than 40 cases of COVID at the Copa America


That’s worrying. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, 31 players and members of the Copa America football delegations tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, June 13th alone, the first day of the South American tournament. A further 10 cases have been confirmed among employees of hotels where teams are staying in Brasilia. In total, the Copa America has already counted more than 40 cases, even though the competition has only just begun. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) defends itself for having awarded the tournament to Brazil at the last minute, with less than two weeks of preparation, without having taken the time to put in place a strict and proven sanitary plan. As a reminder, Brazil was awarded the Copa America after Colombia withdrew due to civil unrest in the country, and then Argentina, for sanitary reasons.