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Coronavirus: Red Sox complex shut down as minor leaguer tests positive for COVID-19

March 25 2020 5:35 AM

A Boston Red Sox minor league player tested positive for coronavirus and the MLB team have shut down their training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

Boston made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after the positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The player is doing well though, the Red Sox did not reveal his identity.

The player is the third minor leaguer affiliated with a major league organisation to contract coronavirus after a pair of New York Yankees players earlier this month.

Because the affected player was most recently at the spring training site on March 15, the Red Sox believe he most likely obtained the virus after leaving Fort Myers.

The Fenway South/Jet Blue complex was closed on Tuesday for at least two weeks and will undergo a "deep cleaning".

The Red Sox said any players or staff members who came into close contact with the affected minor leaguer should self-quarantine for two weeks.

MLB has postponed Opening Day until at least mid-May because of the virus outbreak.

There have been more than 18,900 deaths globally, with over 422,820 confirmed cases.

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