Juventus stop under-23 training after Pianese diagnosed with coronavirus

Juventus suspended the activities of under-23 team Saturday after a fourth player at third-tier club Pianese, most recent opponents, tested for the coronavirus.

The Turin club, whose under-23 team play in Serie , said it a precautionary measure and they were in constant contact with health authorities.

“It is specified that, six days after the game, the Juventus players remain asymptomatic and are under medical supervision,” added the club statement.

Gazetta dello Sport said the players had been quarantined in homes, though this not mentioned by Juventus.

under-23 beat Pianese 1-0 last Sunday.

Earlier, Pianese said that “after a series of checks, Pianese announce that a fourth player is infected by Covid-19.

“He too is in solitary confinement at home and is under observation by the authorities.”

One member of staff has also been infected.

The club, based in Piancastagnaio in the region of Tuscany, said Friday entire squad been quarantined in their homes.

It said the first player tested Thursday, several days after he missed a match because he feeling slightly feverish.

The number of deaths in Italy from the illness rose to 29 on Saturday and the accumulated total of cases reached 1,128, authorities said.

Twenty of the 30 Serie matches this weekend been postponed because of the virus. Five Serie A games also been called off.(Reuters/NAN)