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Fernando Gaviria in hospital with coronavirus

Joe Robinson
12 Mar 2020

Colombian remains in Abu Dhabi hospital as he recovers from illness

Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria has been in hospital for the past two weeks with the coronavirus. The UAE Team Emirates rider was racing the UAE Tour at the end of February before it was cancelled mid-race due to two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. 

It now seems that Gaviria tested positive for COVID-19 after suffering from a high fever and was taken to hospital in Abu Dhabi, where he remains. The Colombian took to social media to say he was recovering well.

It was reported that the initial two cases were staff members within the UAE Team Emirates team.

As a precaution, all staff, riders, organisers and journalists were placed under quarantine and tested for the illness after the first positive tests.

Most were allowed to leave after two days, however, UAE-Team Emirates, Cofidis, Groupama-FDJ and Gazprom-Rusvelo were kept behind due to a series of non-negative tests.

Rumours began to circulate that six further cases of coronavirus had been uncovered among those remaining teams despite most of the riders confirming they were clear via their own social media channels.

Italian media stated that of the four further positive tests, one belonged to a Colombian. With Gaviria being the only Colombian left at the UAE Tour, most assumed this was attributed to him.

Earlier this week, Gazprom-Rusvelo confirmed that Russian rider Dmitry Strakhov had tested positive for coronavirus and was in hospital. His team remain quarantined in the UAE.