Two-time women’s World Cup winner Alex Morgan and Formula One driver Lando Norris are among the latest sports stars to test positive for COVID-19, after the Premier League, Serie A’s Juventus and the NFL’s Cleveland Browns were heavily impacted by the virus.
American superstar Morgan revealed on social media that she and her family contracted coronavirus over the holidays in California.
The 31-year-old recently returned to the United States from England, where she played for Tottenham in the FA Women’s Super League.
Morgan is married to fellow soccer player Servando Carrasco. They have a 7-month old daughter named Charlie.
“We are all in good spirits and recovering well,” Morgan said in a post Tuesday on Twitter.
Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo’s new McLaren teammate Norris tested positive for coronavirus while on holiday and has begun a two-week quarantine.
Norris, 21, is the fourth F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 after seven-times champion Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll returned positive tests during the 2020 campaign.
The Premier League said there were 40 positive cases of coronavirus among players and club staff after two rounds of tests last week – in which three games were postponed.
The number is more than double the highest weekly figure of positive cases since testing began last June, although more tests were conducted than in previous weeks.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose club play Man City in their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday, acknowledged that elite sport was in a “privileged” position in being allowed to continue during England’s latest lockdown as sports chiefs called on the government to see their respective pursuits as part of the “solution” rather than the problem.
Golf and tennis are among the outdoor sports to be shut down in England while the British Horseracing Authority confirmed racing would go ahead behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney questioned Celtic’s decision to go ahead with their warm-weather training camp in Dubai amid the restrictions imposed on the country’s public.
Although Celtic said the training camp was arranged months ago and approved by relevant soccer authorities as well as the government.
Juventus pair Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro will miss the club’s Serie A clash with leaders AC Milan on Wednesday after testing positive for coronavirus.
In South America, CONMEBOL announced its Copa Libertadores final at Brazil’s historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the Copa Sudamericana final in Cordoba, Argentina, will be played with no fans in attendance.
Two days after celebrating their return to the NFL playoffs, Cleveland were knocked flat with the news that coach Kevin Stefanski, Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio, wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge and more two coaching staff members had tested positive for the virus.
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will be the acting head coach on Sunday when the Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first week of the post-season.