Wednesday, it was announced that Italian soccer star Daniele Rugani had tested positive for coronavirus.
Per Bleacher Report Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has said he’s “fine” after testing positive for the coronavirus, encouraging the public to “respect the rules” in staving off the respiratory illness.
The Bianconeri released a statement on Wednesday via their official website confirming Rugani had been diagnosed with COVID-19, though it specified the player was “currently asymptomatic.”
Rugani, 25, wrote on Twitter (h/t Omnisport, via Yahoo): “You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine. I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us #thankyou.”
Avrete letto la notizia e per questo ci tengo a tranquillizzare tutti coloro che si stanno preoccupando per me, sto bene.
Invito tutti a rispettare le regole, perché questo virus non fa distinzioni! Facciamolo per noi stessi, per i nostri cari e per chi ci circonda.#grazie pic.twitter.com/1QqewIKjie
— Daniele Rugani (@DanieleRugani) March 12, 2020
CNN reported United States President Donald Trump has imposed a 30-day travel ban, beginning Friday, from 26 European countries—including Italy, the worst-affected area on the continent so far.
Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said the total number of recorded cases in the country had increased to 12,462 as of Wednesday evening. The increase of 2,313 cases was “the biggest recorded jump since the outbreak began,” though that didn’t include full data from Lombardy, described as “the worst-hit region” by CNN.
Rugani has made seven appearances in all competitions this season but has been an unused substitute on 28 occasions, including Sunday’s 2-0 win over rivals Inter Milan in a behind-closed-doors match:
Daniele Rugani has tested positive for corona virus. Quick recovery to him.
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) March 11, 2020