Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic after his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani tested positive for COVID-19.
Ronaldo, returned to his homeland –Portugal– to visit his mother, who recently suffered a stroke, before Rugani’s illness was confirmed.
He is now stuck in Madeira and cannot return to Italy, the European country worst hit by coronavirus with over 12,000 cases and a death toll which has passed 827.
Rugani was pictured in the Juventus dressing room alongside Ronaldo and his other teammates after last Sunday’s defeat of Internazionale, and now everyone who came in contact with the 25-year-old defender must be isolated.
Rugani’s positive test for COVID-19 was announced by Juventus on Wednesday.
“The footballer Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” read a statement.
“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including the census of those who have had contact with him.”
On Thursday morning, the player took to social media to say he is fine despite the positive test.
Italian authorities have suspended all sports activities in the country until at least April 3 because of the outbreak, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.
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