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Miami Marlins: Fauci says COVID-19 outbreak could threaten 2020 MLB season

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The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis of the Miami Marlins continue as four more of their players tested positive of the disease.

Barely a week ago, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci had thrown the ceremonial first pitch in the 2020 season game opener of the Major League Baseball (MLB) between 2019 World Series champions Washington Nationals and New York Yankees.

But not even a week has gone into an MLB season that has already been delayed for four months; the league already has a COVID-19 crisis on its hands.

According to CBS Sports, Fauci said that the Miami Marlins crisis could put the 2020 MLB season in danger. While he does not believe that they need to suspend or cancel the season now, he said that it needs to be monitored daily.

Fauci said that everyone in the league, managers, team owners, players, have worked together and put in a lot of effort in setting up health and safety protocols just to get the 2020 season going.

He further added that what is happening now to the Marlins is very unfortunate.

A day before taking the mound for the season opening game, Fauci had said that he does not see an end in sight for the virus. That he is not even sure that we are halfway through, but what he is sure is that we are not winning against COVID-19 right now.

The additional COVID-19 positive cases of the Miami Marlins have prompted the postponement of a total of nine games, six of which are of the Marlins.

The Philadelphia Phillies games are also postponed as a precaution as they have played three games against the Marlins.

The Phillies have not reported any positive cases as of yet, and hopefully, it will stay that way as the COVID-19 has an incubation period of 14 days.

The Marlins are quarantining in Philadelphia and will need two negative test results done 24 hours apart to be able to go home, according to Yahoo Sports.

However, another problem seems to loom over the Miami Marlins as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that they need to finish the 14-day quarantine before they can return home.

Image credit courtesy of Ian D'Andrea/Flickr

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