Bella Vista, who is currently in the third division, played its last game on October 21. Three days later, the first positive was known. There are already 17.
In August, while in Argentina the cases of coronavirus multiplied, on the other side of the Río de La Plata football started. Uruguay had managed to contain COVID-19, with a handful of cases in its territory, and enabled the beginning of the Opening Tournament, of the First Division, as well as the championships of the rest of the categories.
In the last month, however, the cases increased and this week worries what happens in an iconic club of the Uruguayan country such as Nice view, where there is a coronavirus outbreak with at least 17 infected, 15 of which are footballers of the team that plays in the third division.
According to local newspapers, it all started on Saturday, October 24, when a player who had accused symptoms of coronavirus tested positive. As a result, the match that Bella Vista was going to play for the Divisional C tournament was suspended and matches for the teams it had previously faced were postponed.
“In knowledge of the fact, on the morning of Saturday, October 24, the club’s board of directors proceeded immediately, in compliance with the health protocol of the AUF and the Ministry of Public Health, informing the authorities of what happened and transmitting precise instructions to the direct and indirect contacts of the footballer in the club, to respect the strict home quarantine, until receiving procedural instructions from the competent authorities ”, the club indicated that day.
Three days later, the positives multiplied. On Tuesday night, the Montevideo club confirmed that 15 soccer players and two Bella Vista officials had COVID-19. Due, the rest of the campus was isolated.
Notified of the situation, the Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health He managed to trace the contacts kept by the footballers to prevent further spread of the virus.
“I am struck by so many infections in a campus“, remarked the person in charge of the portfolio, Daniel Salinas, who warned that this Wednesday Uruguay could “face a new record of positive cases” of coronavirus.
Also, this afternoon, leaders of the Bella Vista Club will meet with the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance of the Ministry.
Although the situation directly affects the club, it indirectly affects the preparation of 80 youth division referees who trained at the José Nasazzi stadium -in honor of the captain of the Uruguayan national team champion in 1930, a glory of Bella Vista- and they will no longer be able to do so at sprout root. They will also be monitored for any symptoms of the virus.
On the other hand, the swabs carried out at the Hurricane Diving Y Artigas, Bella Vista’s last rivals in the C tournament, tested negative and it was resolved that the tournament continue as scheduled.
Bella Vista is known as the club papal, for the white and yellow colors of his shirt. He turned 100 on October 4 and is one of the few that have managed to break the hegemony of Peñarol and Nacional in Uruguay, by being crowned champion in the 1990 First Division championship.
In 1999, he achieved his best international participation by reaching the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores. Over time, economic problems led him to be close to bankruptcy and in mid-2013 he stopped participating in the soccer championships in Uruguay. Currently, he seeks his resurrection.