COVID-19: NBA suspends season after player tests positive


The NBA has suspended its 2019-20 season until further notice after a player preliminary tested positive for Coronavirus.

The league announced this in a statement released on Wednesday.

The news came after the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was abruptly postponed on Wednesday night.

Players for both teams were on the court at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City for warm-ups but were called back to the locker rooms.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said.

“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The league said the affected player was not at the arena and was being treated by health officials in Oklahoma City.

The game was abruptly postponed and the players were effectively quarantined in the locker room area.

The Jazz also issued a statement saying the player had flu-like symptoms but initially tested negative for influenza and a respiratory infection.

A decision was made to test again for COVID-19, for which he tested positive.

“A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City game,” the Jazz statement said. “The decision was correctly made by the NBA to postpone the game.”


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