Eight football players from Venezuela tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, the day before they were due to play against Brazil in the Copa America tournament.
At least four people on Venezuela’s team also tested positive. The infected players and employees have isolated themselves in hotel rooms, Forbes reported. Venezuela announced they would name 15 more players as replacements, The Associated Press reported.
Although the Copa America is considered the most prestigious football tournament in Latin America, many Brazilians were not in favor of hosting it. A poll by XP / Ipespe found that 64 percent of Brazilians are against hosting the Copa America tournament in the country, Reuters reported.
Brazil has seen a worrying number of COVID-19 cases, including over 85,000 on Friday alone.
The country has more than 17 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with at least 484,000 deaths according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have rated Brazil as a level 4 risk category “very high” for travel due to its COVID-19 situation.
Argentina was originally supposed to host the Copa America before it had its own surge in COVID-19 cases.
Earlier this week, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made headlines when he was fined for not wearing a mask while riding a motorcycle.