Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers have examined optimistic for the brand new coronavirus on Thursday (Mar 19) because the Philadelphia 76ers additionally confirmed that three of their gamers had contracted the illness.

The Lakers stated they examined their gamers as a result of on Mar 10 they performed the Brooklyn Nets, who had 4 gamers beforehand take a look at optimistic for the virus. The Lakers stated staff medical doctors are carefully monitoring the 2 gamers.

“We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive,” stated Lakers spokesperson Alison Bogli in a information launch. “Both gamers are at present asymptomatic, in quarantine and underneath the care of the staff’s doctor.

“All gamers and members of the Lakers employees are being requested to proceed to watch self-quarantine and shelter at house pointers, carefully monitor their well being, seek the advice of with their private physicians and preserve fixed communication with the staff.”

The Sixers stated the optimistic instances had been uncovered after well being authorities warned that sure gamers, coaches and assist employees could have been uncovered to COVID-19.

Like the Sixers, the Lakers declined to call the gamers who examined optimistic.

The Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets additionally introduced optimistic assessments on Thursday for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, commissioner Adam Silver stated NBA gamers must be thought-about “tremendous spreaders” of the illness. His feedback got here amid criticism that rich athletes are getting examined for the virus forward of critically in poor health sufferers in American hospitals.

The Sixers stated the three people had been in self-isolation whereas being monitored by medical professionals.

“Three people have obtained optimistic take a look at outcomes for COVID-19,” the Sixers said. “All different assessments outcomes are at present destructive. We have reported this info to state and native well being authorities as required.”

“The well being of our gamers, employees, followers and neighborhood is paramount, and we proceed to be guided by medical consultants at the moment,” the staff stated.

Also, the Celtics stated Thursday no less than one participant has examined optimistic as half of a collection of assessments they’re conducting on their staff.

The Celtics stated the participant was not exhibiting any signs and can proceed to be remoted.

“The testing was initiated as a result of of publicity to a recognized optimistic case,” a Celtics spokesman said. “The staff is awaiting additional testing outcomes and can talk them as applicable.”

Earlier, the Denver Nuggets stated one member of the organisation had examined optimistic, however didn’t specify whether or not the particular person was a participant.

“The particular person, who was examined after experiencing signs in keeping with COVID-19 on March 16th, is at present underneath the care of staff medical employees and in self-isolation,” the staff stated.

A quantity of NBA gamers have examined optimistic for COVID-19 since Utah’s Rudy Gobert was confirmed to have contracted the illness final week, prompting the league to impose an indefinite suspension on play.