EIGHT VENEZUELA PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

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Twelve members of the Venezuelan delegation at the Copa America have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said on Saturday, a day before they meet hosts Brazil in the tournament opener.

The 12 members of the delegation include players and members of the backroom staff.

The South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL made the diagnosis on Friday night and informed local health authorities.

Venezuela are due to take on reigning champions Brazil tomorrow (Sun) evening.

The Copa America, the oldest tournament in international football and featuring 10 South American nations, was moved to Brazil at the last minute after Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there.