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Russian Ural Yekaterinburg FC’s striker Pavel Pogrebnyak diagnosed with COVID-19

Novel coronavirus tests of the rest of the team and its staff are negative, according to the club’s press service
Pavel Pogrebnyak Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Pavel Pogrebnyak
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MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. Pavel Pogrebnyak, a former forward of the Russian national football team who is currently the striker with football club Ural Yekaterinburg, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the club’s press service announced in a statement on Friday.

"Pavel Pogrebnyak has been diagnosed with a mild form of the disease and nothing threatens his health," the statement reads adding that novel coronavirus tests of the rest of the team and its staff were negative.

"Pavel feels well and is currently under a constant supervision of doctors," the club reported. "He is undergoing all of the required treatment measures."

The 36-year-old striker appeared in 33 matches as part of the Russian national team between 2006 and 2012 having scored eight goals. He also played for numerous Russian football clubs as well as for England’s Fulham and Reading FCs between 2012 and 2015.

The first positive case of the novel coronavirus among Russian footballers was reported on May 16, when Lokomotiv Moscow FC’s Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan tested positive for COVID-19. Two more cases of the COVID-19 disease were later registered with Konstantin Pliyev from Rubin Kazan FC and Roman Yevgenyev from Dynamo Moscow FC.

The RPL (Russian Premier League) Executive Board made a decision last Friday to resume matches of the Russian Football Championship on June 21. They had been postponed several times earlier this year due to the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus.

Prior to the RPL shutdown, the league’s clubs completed 22 out of 30 scheduled rounds of the championship. On April 1, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) recommended restarting national football tournaments.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 5,198,300 people have been infected worldwide and more than 334,600 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 2,000,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, a total of 326,448 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 99,825 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 3,249 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.​