- Timo Hubers has tested positive for coronavirus in Germany and is currently in isolation
- The 23-year-old is the first professional footballer in Germany to contract the virus
- Hannover's division two league match with Dresden will go ahead but training will be held behind closed doors
Timo Hubers becomes the first player to contract the deadly Coronavirus in Germany.
According to the club's website, the 23-year-old picked up the virus at an event on Saturday evening.
And they claim the player has had no contact with his team-mates since picking up the illness.
The Hannover player is currently in quarantine while the entire crew and staff of the second division club will undergo tests.
Director of Hannover Gerhard Zuber released a statement said:
"Timo behaved in an exemplary manner.
"He shows no symptoms himself. So far, when he found out that a person who had been with him at the event was tested positively, he reported directly to the doctor and temporarily went into quarantine at home."
Training will be held behind closed doors and media appointments have been cancelled ahead of a league match with Dynamo Dresden.
But Hannover's match with Dresden will go ahead despite the fear of the spread of the deadly disease.
Media appointments have been cancelled and training will take place behind closed doors but Hannover's clash with Dynamo Dresden is set to go ahead.
In a statement released to update citizens on the development, the minister confirmed that:
"Today, 12 March 2020, South Africa now has 17 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This is an additional 4 cases from yesterday."
The minister revealed that Mpumalanga and the Free State provinces have both confirmed their first cases since the beginning of the outbreak.
Mkhize also revealed that the first case of local transmission had been reported after a man in the Free State came into contact with a Chinese businessman.
The minister assured South Africans that the situation is under control
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