The COVID -19 outbreak that has ruled out the Vancouver Canucks has grown to more than 20 players and coaches who have returned positive, and includes several cases of the Brazilian variant of the virus, according to published reports.
After first reporting a spike in cases and family members also testing positive, TSN reported on Sunday that 16 players on the team had now been placed on the coronavirus protocol list.
The Brazilian P.1 variant is said to be more transmissible than previous strains and has been found to re-infect people who have recovered from COVID-19, according to the New York Times.
Vancouver added seven players to the roster on Saturday, and ESPN reports that two more coaches have been added to the roster as well. It is unclear how many more players and staff members returned positive on Sunday, but TSN listed the names of 16 players.
Fatigue, dehydration, intense symptoms, says one of ESPN’s Canucks player agents. “It makes a lot of men pass out. Some can’t even get out of bed.”
The Canucks were last played on March 24 and are in the gap until at least Tuesday. Teams will not be allowed to play again until the earliest Thursday, but that target date looks dubious amid growing positive tests.
In fact, TSN reports that the Canucks and the league have discussed a possible new return date with the Canucks and that the Northern Division will likely have to play regular season matches in the buffer week already in schedule before the playoffs begin. .
British Columbia saw a record jump last week to a seven-day average high of 908, the first time its numbers have surpassed 900 during the pandemic, CTV reported Saturday.
“Everyone is trying their best to adhere to protocol,” said Canucks striker JT Miller, who missed all three games of the protocol earlier this season.
“The timing is definitely not good – there’s no right timing – but it doesn’t change anything. No matter what the situation, no one wants to get it, nobody wants to pass it on, nothing has changed.”
Canucks goalkeeper Thatcher Demko, defender Tyler Myers, strikers Bo Horvat, Tyler Motte, Travis Boyd, Jayce Hawryluk and Brandon Sutter were added to the list on Saturday. TSN reports that defender Jalen Chatfield and forward Marc Michaelis have been added to the protocol list.
Goalkeepers Braden Holtby, defenders Alex Edler, Quinn Hughes and Travis Hamonic, and strikers Adam Gaudette, Zack MacEwen and Antoine Roussel are already on the list.
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