Coronavirus: Wuhan based football team in Spain looks to leave for China in order to escape from the virus, while Europe becomes new epicentre.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Wuhan based football club got stuck in Spain, while the coronavirus spread massively in the Wuhan province of China. Now the team looks forward to heading back home to escape getting in touch with the virus in Europe.
The cases of the virus drastically raised in Italy, Spain and Germany, which propelled the World Health organization to call Europe the new pandemic of the COVID-19.
Wuhan Zall was expected to return to China on Saturday, nearly 1 1/2 months after it arrived in Spain for pre-season training. But the travel restrictions to China further extended their stay.
Initially, the team was scheduled to leave for China in mid-February but had extended its stay in the southern region of the country until at least the end of March.
However, the plan changed this week after Spain and Europe saw a sharp rise in their number of cases. “Things are well over there (in China) now,” José González, the team’s Spanish coach, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
“The Chinese league will likely start at the beginning of May. We will have to enter quarantine when we arrive, so the sooner we leave, the better.”
The number of new cases has dwindled in China, where more than 65,000 people recovered from the virus. The nation has been easing up on lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region that included the city of Wuhan.
None of the Wuhan Zall players was infected when the team arrived in Spain, but the grandmother of one player was among the coronavirus-linked deaths back home.