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Fifa chief Infantino positive for COVID-19

The 50-year-old has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation for a further 10 days.

FILE: Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa), attends the signing a Memorandum of Understanding at Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria on 14 September 2020. Picture: AFP

LAUSANNE - Fifa president Gianni Infantino has contracted coronavirus, the world's governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation for a further 10 days.

"All people who came into contact with the Fifa President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps," the body said.

"Fifa sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery," it added.

Infantino's last public appearances was at Fifa's Compliance Summit which ended on 16 October when all attendees were present via video.

Cases, hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 in the body's base, Switzerland, have doubled from one week to the next throughout October.

The country's government is expected to decide Wednesday on new measures to control the spread of the virus.

The spread of the illness has cast doubt over Wednesday's potential meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Champions League after the Juventus attacker tested positive for the illness earlier this month.

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