The Perth Wildcats have been caught up in a coronavirus scare after it was discovered that players were on the same flight as someone who was a “confirmed carrier” of the virus.
Wildcats’ forward Rhys Vague was on the flight from Sydney to Perth on Monday but had no concern about the risk.
“Apparently they were sitting quite far away from us, so we’re of no immediate risk,” he told Botica’s Bunch on Thursday.
“[We] don’t need to be isolated or tested or anything like that.”
“No ones got any symptoms, everyone’s fine. We’ve done our research on it and got the information, the medical staff have been great with it all” – TG on COVID-19
— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) March 12, 2020
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Meanwhile, in the US, the 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended due to coronavirus.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder players are under quarantine in Oklahoma City after Rudy Gobert, a player for the Jazz, tested positive.
The Jazz and Thunder players are currently quarantined in the OKC arena, league sources tell ESPN. This is following Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
In a statement, the NBA announced the Jazz-Thunder news without mentioning Gobert by name.
“The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” the league said.
“At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.”
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” it added.
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight’s Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW
— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020