Coronavirus: Utah Jazz stars Gobert and Mitchell recover from covid-19

Coronavirus: Utah Jazz stars Gobert and Mitchell recover from covid-19

Nomso Obiajuru, Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM

- Coronavirus has been found in atleast 170 countries as Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were the first NBA players to contract the disease

- Their positive diagnosis prompted the indefinite suspension of the NBA season

- Utah Jazz has now announced they have been cleared of the virus but will continue to practice social distancing

Utah Jazz basketball players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have recovered from coronavirus days after they contracted the deadly disease.

The two were the first NBA players to test positive for the virus leading to the indefinite suspension of the season.

But after undergoing treatment, they have been cleared of the respiratory disease alongside their teammates who also had to self quarantine after the pair's positive test.

It is now understood Jazz players and staff members "no longer pose pose a risk of infection to others."

"As of today, Friday, March 27, all Utah Jazz players and staff have been cleared by the Utah Department of Health after completing their respective periods of isolation and quarantine following exposure to COVID-19," read a statement provided by Jazz said.

"The Utah Department of Health has determined that all Jazz players and staff, regardless of prior testing status, no longer pose a risk of infection to others," the statement continued.

Gobert had to shoulder significant criticism for putting his teammates at risk of contracting COVID-19 as he had been careless in the locker room days prior to his positive diagnosis.

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The basketball star would later apologise for his actions before making a donation of $500,000 towards the fight against the pandemic.

Earlier, reported that Juventus players and manager Maurizio Sarri have agreed with the club chiefs to take a four-month pay cut that will help the club save £80m.

The pay cut means Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo could be sacrificing more than £9m in wages as other members of the team will take pay cut proportionate to their income.

Juventus revealed this in a statement made available on Saturday, March 28.

Italy has been the most affected nation with the coronavirus pandemic as the country's death toll is now the highest in the world at 10,023.

With 92,472 confirmed cases, Italy has the highest death rate and even worse when compared to China, the epicenter of the pandemic, which has 81,997 confirmed cases, but with death toll at 3,299.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.