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How Chelsea are dealing with the CORONOAVIRUS outbreak

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The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK is now 273, a rise of 67, the biggest in a 24-hour period.

British prime minister Boris Johnson is holding an emergency COBRA meeting this morning due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

One of the topics in the discussion will be whether major sporting events will have to be cancelled.

Of course, that will have a major effect on clubs around the country in terms of matchday revenue.

Premier League have already introduced ahead of the weekend was to cancel the pre-match handshake.

Chelsea and Everton players walked past each other with a nod, rather than touching.

The Blues, have also taken extra precautions to help prevent the spread of the disease during their matches and training.

At the end of February, a club spokesman said the Blues were ‘following government protocol, there is no other update’, with Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard confirming that the players were as well.

On Friday, the club also released a statement to Chelsea fans, asking fans ‘to ensure they wash their hands in any of the public toilets within our facilities upon arrival’.

According to Football.London, Chelsea players have been told to restrict autograph giving as a part of the prevention.

The Blues have also requested visitors and media going to the training ground in Cobham to sign a declaration confirming they have not travelled to any high-risk countries in the past 14 days.

Extra hand sanitizer has been placed in areas around the facility.

Chelsea have two Italy internationals in Jorginho and Emerson, however, again the Blues confirmed they will follow government protocol when deciding on whether to allow them to travel for the matches during the international break.


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