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Three Portsmouth players test positive for Coronavirus

Three Portsmouth players test positive for Coronavirus, it has been revealed in the League One club’s statement on Saturday morning.

This comes as tens of thousands of pubs, bars, theatres and restaurants across the country are told to shut by the Government to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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The order came as a further 39 people in England were confirmed to have died after testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK death toll to 177.

Portsmouth Football Club said in a statement: “The second batch of results received by the club last night (March 20) showed that James Bolton, Andy Cannon and Sean Raggett all have the virus.

“They are all self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines and will continue to follow medical advice. The club have also notified Public Health England.

“All players and first team staff were tested earlier in the week and we are still awaiting approximately half of the results of these tests.”

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: “I received the news last night and immediately spoke to Kenny and head physio Bobby Bacic. Kenny and I then spoke to all three players.

“Football is not immune from this virus and I can assure you that it only really hits home when those that you know contract it.

“All three players were in good spirits and perfectly calm – showing mild or no symptoms – and are looking forward to overcoming it as quickly as possible.

“We once again urge everyone to follow the current government guidelines.”

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