Boca Juniors goalkeeper Esteban Andrada tested positive for COVID-19 in an epidemiological control carried out when the Argentine club arrived at the Guayaquil airport, for which he will not be able to play the match against local Barcelona in the Copa Libertadores and he will not be able to leave Ecuador.
The president of the Emergency Operations Committee, which regulates the policies to face the coronavirus pandemic, Juan Zapata, said at a press conference on Tuesday that “in the tests to the Boca Juniors delegation, which number 52, all give negative except for that player ”.
Zapata said that Ecuador is under a state of exception due to the pandemic, “therefore it has been arranged through the Ministry of Health that (Andrada) carry out his mandatory preventive isolation in the country.”
The official recalled that Argentina “does not receive positive cases … and (the player) will be able to leave once his tests are negative.”
The situation has not caused the suspension of the match between Barcelona and Boca, scheduled for Tuesday night without the presence of the public at the Monumental stadium in Guayaquil. The match corresponds to the third date of Group C.
In more than a year of pandemic, Ecuador registers 18,765 deaths and 388,046 infected. Most of it is concentrated in cities like Quito and Guayaquil.