What Stoke City have been told about the coronavirus outbreak



The EFL has been in contact with Stoke City and all other EFL clubs regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

Stoke  have been provided with the latest government advice on how best to deal with the crisis.

An EFL spokesman said: “The EFL remains in close contact with the Government regarding the ongoing concerns posed by the coronavirus.

“We will continue that dialogue, alongside monitoring the advice issued by the relevant authorities, ensuring clubs are updated with any developments.”

It is business as usual as it stands, with Stoke preparing to host Hull in a crunch Championship clash this weekend. It was confirmed earlier today that two residents in Staffordshire  have contracted coronavirus.

People who have been in close contact with the residents are being contacted by authorities who say there is no significant risk to anyone else in the county.

No further details about the residents, including location, will be issued by the authorities due to patient confidentiality.

A third person with coronavirus is currently being treated at Royal Stoke – but they are not a resident of Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire.

In the Premier League, pre-match handshakes have been abandoned for players and officials until further notice.

A statement from the league said: “The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice.

“Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake.

“On entering the field of play the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands.”

In League One Sunderland  have banned their players from leaving the United Kingdom  amid concerns about the virus spreading among the squad.

Everton board member Sasha Ryazantsev has said he thinks it is “not inevitable but quite likely” that matches could be played behind closed doors in the coming weeks.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says he is ‘optimistic’ that Euro 2020 will go ahead as planned across 12 countries this summer.

He said: “I’m optimistic. I still think things will be under control way before Euro 2020 starts so I am not worried. We are calm and we are confident. For now, everything is under control.

“I don’t want to even think about (games behind closed doors). For now we are sure everything will go exactly as planned.”

In Italy, the European country worst affected by coronavirus, fans will be prevented from attending any Serie A match for the next 30 days.

At the time of writing, there had been 116 confirmed cases of the virus in the UK.





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