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Paraguay halts soccer restart because 3 teams get virus

Paraguay soccer coronavirus

Paraguay’s Guarani players reacts to Chilean referee Roberto Tovar after a goal of Brazil’s Palmeiras during their Copa Libertadores football match at Arena Palmeiras stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 10, 2020. (Photo by Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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ASUNCION, Paraguay -- The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league was called off Friday after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.

The Paraguayan soccer association said Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.

The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.

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“The positive cases were detected in exams performed in the middle of the week, with results available since last night,” the association said in a statement. “After those reports, the measures established in the protocols guiding the return of Paraguayan soccer were activated.”

The league had been scheduled to resume Friday after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.

On Saturday, Guarani was scheduled to play Guairena and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.

Club executives are expected to meet later Friday to discuss whether other matches will go forward.

Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.