Portsmouth players sent home and awaiting coronavirus testing as Accrington match postponed

Pompey’s League One clash with Accrington has been postponed.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:26 am
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:48 am

And the Blues’ playing squad and staff are to undergo tests for coronavirus following the latest developments to hit football.

After it emerged overnight that Mikel Arteta had tested positive for the virus, Pompey have reappraised their own situation.

Arsenal’s boss came in contact with Kenny Jackett and his players on March 2, when the Gunners visited Fratton Park in the FA Cup.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled visit of Accrington, Pompey’s players this morning turned up for training as usual.

However, following recent developments, it was decided to scrap training and send players and staff home before 10am.

In addition, Pompey are awaiting the delivery of coronavirus kits for testing, which is expected to take place among its employees on Monday or Tuesday.

Pompey have been sent home from the Roko training base

Meanwhile, the Premier League and Football League are this morning meeting to decide how to handle the deepening crisis.

They are expected to announce the cancellation of the football calendar for at least until the end of March.

Coronavirus: the facts

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What caused coronavirus?

The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.

How is it spread?

As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But.similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

What are the symptoms?

The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.

What precautions can be taken?

Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.

Should I avoid public places?

Most people who feel well can continue to go to work, school and public places and should only stay at home and self isolate if advised by a medical professional or the coronavirus service.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

Don’t go to your GP but instead call NHS 111 or look online at the coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and what to do next.

When to call NHS 111

NHS 111 should be used if you feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms, have been in a country with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone with the virus.

Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS