The NBA is set to return from its coronavirus hiatus next month in Orlando, Florida. Ahead of the league’s scheduled return, the National Basketball Association tested 302 players for COVID-19 and more than 5 percent of the players tested positive, according to an announcement from the league.
Per the test results, 16 players have tested positive following the June 23 tests — a 5.3 percent rate of positive tests, according to ESPN.
The players who tested positive were not named, but players such as Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon, Alex Len and Nikola Jokic have previously confirmed that their tests were returned positive.
Any player that tested positive must self-isolate and be cleared by a physician before resuming activity with the team.
NBA training camps in Orlando are set to tip-off in Florida on July 7, with the scheduled start for the return to play set for July 30.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including the NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS temporarily suspended their seasons.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 123,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.