Two members of the Slovak delegation contracted the Covid-19, including the defender Denis Vavro who did not play the first match of the Euro, announced Thursday the coach Stefan Tarkovic on the eve of the match against Sweden, in Saint PETERSBOURG.
“The tests carried out on Wednesday revealed two positive cases, a player and a member of the technical staff.
Immediately they were put in solitary confinement, ”said the coach.
“We have taken all measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
I am sorry for the player who will not be able to play the next matches, ”he continued.
Released by a journalist, Tarkovic indicated that the player concerned was Vavro.
"He is fine.
He has no symptoms, ”he said.
The 25-year-old defender was substituted in the victory against Poland on Monday (2-1) in St. Petersburg, without coming into play.
After their match against Sweden on Friday, the "Repre" faces Spain on Wednesday in Seville, before a possible round of 16.
“These things happen in this period.
It is difficult to completely protect yourself from the virus.
The team, the management and the contact persons were tested again, and there were other positive cases (among the local Russian staff, note), in particular the driver of the bus ”, explained Tarkovic.
The coronavirus poses a constant threat to the Euro, several participating selections having been affected before the start of the competition.
This is the case of Spain (Sergio Busquets), Portugal (Joao Cancelo) or Sweden (Dejan Kulusevski).
Each selection lives in a "sanitary bubble", supposed to protect it from the pandemic.
Slovakia lives in Saint Petersburg.
The trend is on the rise in the former imperial capital, which has yet to host four matches of the tournament, including a quarter-final.
The authorities of the second Russian city have announced that they will strengthen anti-Covid measures from this Thursday with, in particular, the reduction of the size of cinemas (from 75% to 50%) and the closure of restaurants between 2 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., or the obligation to wear a mask during public events.