2. Bundesliga blocked by new COVID-19 cases

2. Bundesliga blocked by new COVID-19 cases

The 2. Bundesliga plans to resume the season have immediately hit problems, as Dynamo Dresden announced another two COVID-19 cases, so the whole squad must go into quarantine.

It was announced on Thursday that the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga (German equivalent of Serie A and B) seasons would resume from Saturday May 16.

That same day, Dynamo Dresden were allowed to begin full contact training, as the only player who tested positive had been in quarantine since May 3 anyway.

A series of tests on May 4 all came back negative, so they were allowed to resume full training.

However, today they released a statement confirming another two positive cases of COVID-19.

They were and remain asymptomatic, so the positive status was only ascertained via blanket testing.

This prompted the local health authority to order the entire squad into quarantine for 14 days, in case they too begin to develop symptoms.

That makes it impossible for Dynamo Dresden to play the opening fixture against Hannover 96 on May 17.

It raises concerns that German football might be rushing a return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially as the other nations have looked to the Bundesliga for guidance on setting their medical protocols.

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