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Report: No COVID-19 positives in Barca squad

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-05-08 12:20
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Journalists wait for FC Barcelona players to arrive at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for COVID-19 tests following the outbreak of the COVID-19, Barcelona, Spain, May 6, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

MADRID - The FC Barcelona squad will be able to start individual training on Friday after none of the club's first team players or coaches tested positive for COVID-19.

The players and coaches gave blood and mucus samples for antibody tests and PCR tests to see whether they had the virus in their system on Wednesday as part of the protocols agreed with the Spanish Football League (LaLiga) and the Spanish government before they could return to training.

Catalan radio station RAC 1 reported that the tests showed that no member of the squad is, or has been infected by the coronavirus and according to the regulations stipulated in the Spanish government's four-phase plan to relax the restrictions, will be able to begin training on their own.

Unlike many regions of Spain (still to be determined) Catalonia will not progress to the second phase of the relaxation of measures on May 11 because the regional government accepts it doesn't meet the necessary conditions, and that means the players will not be able to progress to training in reduced groups of six next Monday.

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