Swiss football league suspended over coronavirus outbreak

Swiss football league suspended over coronavirus outbreak
FC Basel's supporters light flares. AFP
Switzerland announced on Monday that it has suspended its football league until March 23rd due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The Swiss football league (SFL) announced its decision to suspend the league on Monday as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country continued to rise, albeit to a relatively low number of 24.

Referring to the government's decision, the SFL said that “all 20 clubs” had “decided to suspend the championships until March 23rd.”

It also said it ruled out the option of playing matches behind closed doors for economic reasons, according to AFP.

In all, 12 out of Switzerland’s 26 cantons have declared cases of coronavirus. Grisons (Graubünden) has the most with six cases, followed by five in Geneva.

Health authorities report that all the patients are doing well.

More than 500 people in Switzerland have so far been tested for Covid-19 and over 100 are in quarantine or isolation.

Last week, the government banned public events of more than 1,000 people until March 15th when authorities will review the coronavirus situation and decide whether to lift or extend the restrictions.

Sports events, carnivals, concerts, and exhibits, including the Geneva International Motor Show, have been cancelled until March 15th at least.

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