US sports leagues struggle to contain covid-19 outbreaks
NBA, NHL, and NFL Face Outbreaks of Positive Cases
Published in 16/12/2021 - 22:21 By * Steve Keating - Toronto (Canadá)
The major sports leagues of the United States and Canada are struggling to contain an explosion of outbreaks of the new coronavirus (covid-19), and fans are expected to have a holiday season marked by disturbances.
The NFL (American football), the NHL (ice hockey) and the NBA (basketball) have been facing outbreaks of positive cases for three days, and more infections are expected this Thursday (16), forcing players to enter into health protocols. mandatory against covid-19 and the postponement of games.
There is no indication yet that matches during the holidays will be postponed, but with the coronavirus spreading rapidly through the locker rooms, fans may not be able to see their favorite players this holiday season.
Despite nearly 100 players entering the covid-19 protocols this week, the NFL has not postponed any games and has no plans to limit stadium capacity.
Already dealing with 10 games postponed, the NHL was facing the possibility of more schedule issues this Thursday.
On Monday, the NBA had its first games of the season postponed, when 10 Chicago Bulls players and officials were placed under health and safety protocols, requiring a two-game postponement.
* With additional reporting by Frank Pingue.
Text translated using artificial intelligence.