Coronavirus: US sport can resume, but behind closed doors, says US chief expert

Sports in the United States can only resume in camera, said Wednesday the director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, member of the presidential crisis cell on the coronavirus.

“There is a way to do it,” said the immunologist in the “Good Luck America” ​​program on the Snapchat social network. “No one comes to the stadium. Put them (the sportsmen) in big hotels, wherever you want to play.”

“Continue to monitor them closely, test them almost every week, check that they do not end up contaminating each other or that they do not contaminate their families and let them finish the season,” added the elderly expert 79-year-old, once again taking the opposite view from US President Donald Trump, who wished Tuesday that “sports resume” “quickly, very quickly” and “that people sit next to each other” in theaters and stadiums.

The bosses of the big professional leagues, to whom Donald Trump presented his point of view during a conference call on April 4, are waiting to see the evolution of the epidemic before deciding between the different recovery options and are also leaning for a restart in camera.

The NBA (basketball), the first major American league to suspend its season on March 11, after the positive test of the French pivot of the Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert, plans to end its season in Las Vegas or the Bahamas.

The presence or absence of the public will also depend on the green light from local authorities, who are not all on the same wavelength as the American president.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says sports competitions and concerts “should be one of the last things to take back.” “The last thing we should do is get 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place,” he told CNN on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also said on Monday that his city may not host large rallies until next year.

The United States is the country most bereaved by the pandemic, with nearly 28,000 deaths.

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