Thursday April 1 2021
'Serie A on COVID red alert'

Bologna chief medic Gianni Nanni warns ‘Serie A is on red alert’ after a COVID outbreak within the Italy squad.

The question marks were raised last night, just minutes after the 2-0 win over Lithuania, when the FIGC announced four members of the staff had tested positive.

Today, Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci also tested positive, while Sassuolo announced as a precaution they will quarantine the four players who were in the group – Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi, Francesco Caputo and Gian Marco Ferrari.

“Serie A is on red alert,” Professor Nanni told news agency Ansa.

“For example, at Bologna we have Roberto Soriano who was in the squad, so we have to give him continual swabs all the way up to Saturday.

“Soriano will also have a personalised locker room and showering area until Saturday, the day of the game with Inter.”

Napoli, Roma and Milan have all announced their internationals returned to base today and tested negative for COVID-19.

However, this can be a very difficult virus to control because it has an unusually long incubation period in the body.

It means an infection might not make itself visible via a swab until 10-14 days later.