Chinese Footballer Wu Lei Reportedly Tested Positive for COVID-19

Wu Lei attends a press conference by ESPANYOL in Barcelona, Spain, January 29th, 2019.

Chinese footballer Wu Lei is one of the RCD Espanyol footballers who tested positive for COVID-19. Spain has gone into lockdown as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 28,572, with 1,720 deaths.

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Espanyol has not yet confirmed those reports. The Spanish football club announced earlier that six members of the team’s staff were affected by the COVID-19 virus. It is reported that Wu showed typical symptoms of the coronavirus, which include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

Spain top professional football league, La Liga, was suspended as the global COVID-19 pandemic escalates in Spain.

Wu Lei appeared 38 times this season for RCD Espanyol and scored seven goals in all competitions for the Spanish football club. The 28-year-old striker has been a promising football star in Chinese football, with many fans placing high expectations on the only Chinese player in a top-level European football league.

According to Chinese state media Xinhua, Wu Lei is currently under self-quarantine at home. Following news of the infection, Wu Lei released a short video clip and provided an update of his health status. Wu confirmed that he was indeed infected by the COVID-19 virus, and is currently staying at home in self-quarantine. Wu said that he was in good spirits and the symptoms he suffered earlier disappeared. He had gone through a series of medical examinations.

Wu thanked the fans for supporting him along the way, and called for everyone to be cautious about the ongoing pandemic: “I wish I can be back to the football pitch soon.”

Sina Sports reported that Li Tie, the head coach of the Chinese national football team, was in close contact with Wu prior to his positive test result. The Chinese national football team will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period before returning to China.