Copa America registers another 11 positive COVID-19 tests

BRASILIA, June 15 (Reuters) – The number of COVID-19 cases, which rose to 52 in those involved in Copa America on Tuesday, is an increase from 11 from two days earlier, the Brazilian said Ministry of Health with.

Two of the new cases were players or officials embedded in the competing teams, the ministry said.

She did not reveal any further details or said which of the 10 competing South American nations were affected.

A total of 33 players or officials from Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia have tested positive since Sunday, the day the football tournament started in four Brazilian cities.

Another 19 were employees in hotels in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, where the delegations reside.

On May 31, less than two weeks before the start of the tournament, Brazil took over responsibility for hosting the Copa America, the South American counterpart to the European Championship.

This came after Argentina moved out there due to a surge in COVID-19 and despite the wave of infections still rolling across Brazil.

Another 2,468 people died from the virus in Brazil on Tuesday, the Department of Health said, bringing the total death toll to 490,696, more than any country other than the United States.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito, writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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