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    Venezuela have eight players, Bolivia three with virus

    SAO PAULO (AP) – Copa America has yet to kick off, but 11 players have tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Brazil. Eight are Venezuelans and three Bolivians, football bodies of the two countries said on Saturday.

    Venezuela, which plays the opener of the tournament today (5am Brunei Time) against the hosts, has summoned 15 new players for its squad. Three members of its coaching staff were also infected.

    Its football federation said in a statement that all “are ready to join our group in Brazil later today”. Those infected were not named.

    Later, the Bolivian Football Federation said three players and one member of its coaching staff tested positive. It added all its infected personnel are in good health and isolated.

    Bolivia’s first match in the tournament will be tomorrow (8am Brunei Time) against Paraguay.

    South American football body CONMEBOL stressed in a statement that “the matches will be played as scheduled”.

    Brazil health minister Marcelo Queiroga said Venezuela players who have the virus will return only after they test negative. He said there’s no reason for the Brazil match not to take place.

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