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Footballer diagnosed with coronavirus after match

Hanover Football Club in Co Armagh confirmed that one of its players had been diagnosed with Covid-19 after the game against Coagh United reserves.

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An emergency department nurse outside the coronavirus pod at Antrim Area Hospital (Michael Cooper/PA)

An emergency department nurse outside the coronavirus pod at Antrim Area Hospital (Michael Cooper/PA)

An emergency department nurse outside the coronavirus pod at Antrim Area Hospital (Michael Cooper/PA)

Two football teams in Northern Ireland have been told to take precautionary measures after a player tested positive for coronavirus after a match.

In a statement, Hanover Football Club in Co Armagh confirmed that one of its players was diagnosed with Covid-19 after Saturday’s game.

The footballer was one of three people to have contracted coronavirus as confirmed by health officials on Saturday evening.

The latest three cases are all adults who had recently travelled from Italy and are linked to a previously confirmed positive case.

It takes the total number of coronavirus cases in the region to seven.

The Portadown club said they were only made aware of the player’s positive test following their game against Co Tyrone club Coagh United reserves.

In a statement they said that, immediately after the confirmation, the club contacted all Hanover FC players as well as Coagh United and those involved in the Mid Ulster Football League.

“(We are) liaising with the NHS via their helpline for advice which has now been passed on to all in question,” the statement added.

“We also immediately cancelled a planned function and have arranged for a deep clean to be performed by qualified contractors.

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“Again we wish to stress that this was something we had no prior knowledge (of) but, following swift actions upon discovery, we hope that this will help ensuring all those in direct contact with the person in questions remains unaffected.”

Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart said: “My thoughts are with the player who has contracted this virus and I wish him a speedy recovery and return to full health again.

“Hanover FC are to be commended for their swift actions and openness on this sensitive matter.”

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