The NFL Players Association has released its coronavirus testing numbers, announcing there are 72 players who are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, July 10.
In the first major announcement of coronavirus results concerning the NFL, the NFL Players Association said dozens of players had tested positive as of July 10.
It was not immediately clear who were the infected players or which teams they play for, and how numerous league's roughly 2,900 rostered players had been tested or how often.
United States to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses
Trump has also loudly blamed China for COVID-19, news of which was suppressed when cases first emerged in Wuhan late past year . China has hit out at the UK's decision to strip Huawei equipment from its 5G network , urging a "public and painful" revenge.
While leagues like the NBA, NHL and MLB had to make major changes to their regular season to adapt to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NFL was long in a position where it could wait and see how the pandemic progresses.
The NFLPA has spent the past couple of weeks negotiating with the league on health and safety protocols specific to reopening procedures in light of the virus, as well as on economic issues such as the impact of lost 2020 revenue on the 2021 salary cap. The league reportedly wants to test players every other day, while the NFLPA wants players tested daily.
Smith went on to address perhaps the greatest act everyone can take in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19: wearing a mask.
"The NFLPA has also posted maps showing data about the number of cases in areas that are home to NFL teams", Pro football Talk reports.