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Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET
Major League Baseball on Tuesday introduced that every one Miami Marlins video games have been postponed till Sunday, following a rash of coronavirus instances inside the workforce’s ranks.
Four extra gamers examined constructive for the virus by Tuesday, NPR has confirmed. The workforce’s whole variety of instances has risen to at the very least 17, together with two coaches.
“Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week,” the league mentioned in a press release.
MLB mentioned that other than the Marlins instances, there had been no extra confirmed positives of on-field personnel from any of the opposite 29 groups since Friday.
The league had already postponed two games on Monday due to COVID-19 considerations. The Marlins have performed three video games because the season began final week.
“We continue to take this entire situation very seriously. All of our players, coaches and staff are, understandably, having a difficult time enduring this experience. After receiving additional test results on our Major League team this morning, we reached out to the Commissioner’s Office with concern for the health and safety of our team as well as our opponents,” Marlins Chief Executive Derek Jeter mentioned in a press release.
“We have moved to a daily testing schedule while we isolate and quarantine appropriately, along with enacting additional preventive procedures with our traveling party.”
The workforce has been sheltered in place in Philadelphia, Pa., for self-quarantine and extra testing.
The United States has struggled to regulate the virus’ unfold, and a rising urge for food to return to normalcy after months of partial lockdowns has pushed some industries to reopen regardless of rising instances of the coronavirus. Other main league sports activities, such because the NHL and NBA, are getting ready to start out their seasons.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of many nation’s main immunologists, mentioned Tuesday that the Marlins outbreak might put the remaining MLB season in jeopardy. He mentioned he hoped, on behalf of the gamers and workers, that video games might proceed.
“I don’t believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis,” Fauci mentioned on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Fauci threw the primary pitch of the common season opener between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals final week.