The total tally of players infected with the coronavirus in Portugal’s Primeira Liga has risen to eight after reigning champions Benfica confirmed midfielder David Tavares tested positive.
According to news from Portuguese news outlets, the club confirmed the 21-year-old tested positive after Covid-19 diagnostic tests were done at Benfica Campus last Friday, May 8. The tests were administered to the entire Squad, the Technical and Professional Staff and the service providers.
The player, who is reportedly asymptomatic will now comply with the isolation duration recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as abide by the rules of Portugal’s Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
Full Benfica statement:
“Sport Lisboa e Benfica informs that a positive case was detected in the Covid-19 diagnostic tests carried out at Benfica Campus last Friday, May 8, to the entire Squad, Technical Team and Professional Football Staff, as well as the service providers who have direct contact with them.
This is the player David Tavares, who was immediately subjected to a counter-analysis, carried out this morning, Sunday, which confirmed the initial result. The athlete is well, asymptomatic, and fulfilling isolation under the conditions contemplated in the predefined contingency plan, following the rules of the DGS and having the full support of the Club.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s Medical Department will maintain the strict contingency plan that has been followed since the day that its professionals returned to activity at Benfica Campus.
The Football team will also maintain the recovery plan that was designed, with training sessions carried out by small groups and with individualized work.
We also inform that, according to indications from the Medical Department, in close collaboration with the Medical Direction of Unilabs Portugal, all Players, Technical Team, Staff and service providers that have direct contact with Professional Football will be subject to new tests already in the next few days…”
The Portuguese government on April 30 announced games could resume, pending approval from the health authorities.
It is also reported five people at Famalicao, including three players and two staff members have tested positive for covid-19.
League rivals Vitoria Guimaraes confirmed three cases on Saturday, May 9, with Moreirense confirming two more.