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PBA player tests positive for COVID-19

The Philippine Basketball Association has bared that one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), Sunday.

This was reported to the public by league commissioner Willie Marcial, medical consultant Dr. Raul Canlas, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority CEO Vince Dizon.

“Yung ating PBA player na may lumabas na positive result kagabi, na-isolate na. We’re asking the PBA to conduct an Antigen and RT-PCR for the player who tested positive,” said Dizon.

The player has been put into isolation.

Four days ago, the league reported that a referee has tested positive for the virus and has been put into isolation. It was reported that he officiated the game between Alaska and Blackwater.

The ref, according to Dizon, eventually tested negative.

Alaska and Blackwater still played their games last Friday.

As a result, the league is canceling Sunday’s first game pitting Rain or Shine and Blackwater while the Magnolia and Ginebra game will still push through.

“Cancelled ang first game. Pero tuloy ang Manila Clasico,” said Marcial.

“We’ll put Rain or Shine vs Blackwater on a different date. Most likely, isa pang triple-header,’ added deputy Eric Castro.

Still, Dizon and Canlas assured that the PBA bubble in Clark has yet to burst.

“There is no reason to say that the bubble has been breached. The protocols have been followed,” said Dizon.

“Rest assured, the protocols we have applied are working,” added Canlas.

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