Wednesday March 18 2020
Jankto: '15 have coronavirus at Sampdoria'

Sampdoria midfielder Jakub Jankto revealed “15 people have already been infected with coronavirus in the club,” more than had been previously confirmed.

Manolo Gabbiadini was the second Serie A player to test positive, rapidly followed by teammates Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina, Morten Thorsby, Fabio Depaoli and Bartosz Bereszynski.

Omar Colley had initially been named as positive, but later revealed a second test had cleared him.

“My whole family is locked up in an apartment and we cannot go anywhere, so it’s frustrating to be in such a limited space,” Jankto told

“I was in direct contact with the teammates who tested positive. Now 15 people have already been infected with coronavirus in the club, but it could be a lot more.

“I can’t be sure that I am healthy either, but I feel good and hope that I don’t have it. Perhaps I have the virus and don’t know yet. I’m trying not to think about it.

“All I can do is follow all the rules and stay indoors.”

Coronavirus has a long incubation period, so symptoms often don’t appear until two weeks after the exposure.

This is why quarantine and social distancing is so important in slowing the spread of the virus.

So far, 12 Serie A players have been confirmed as suffering from coronavirus, along with various members of staff.

The death toll in Italy now stands at 2,978, with a surge of 475 over the last 24 hours.

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