Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be taking the field for the foreseeable future. In a statement on Thursday, AC Milan announced that its star striker has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. AC Milan is set to face Bodo-Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday night.
As a safety precaution, Zlatan has been placed in quarantine.
Along with Ibrahimovic’s positive test result, defender Leo Duarte also tested positive.
“Zlatan Ibrahimović has tested positive for Covid-19 following a second round of swab tests ahead of tonight’s game against Bodø/Glimt,” a statement from the club read. “The Club has informed the relevant authorities and the player has been promptly placed in quarantine at home.
“All other team members and staff have tested negative.”
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 6.92 million confirmed cases and 201,000 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.