Two Beşiktaş footballers test positive for COVID-19

Two players from the Istanbul-based football club Beşiktaş have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Hürriyet newspaper.

“All players, technical staff and club employees were tested for the virus at the BJK Nevzat Demir training facility on Wednesday, June 24. Two footballers tested positive for COVID-19, according to the results,'' the club stated on Thursday.

Beşiktaş said the players, whose names were not disclosed due to privacy reasons, were undergoing treatment.

Other major Turkish football clubs Fenerbahçe, Trabzonspor and Galatasaray, along with the Turkish Football Federation and the Turkish Basketball Federation, sent ‘get well’ wishes to Beşiktaş on Twitter.

Previously, several people at Turkish football clubs, from executives to players, have tested positive for the coronavirus but Beşiktaş's announcement marked the first time a club has reported virus cases since the Super League restarted on June 12.

Turkey has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.

The latest figures brought Turkey's total confirmed cases to 193,115. A total of 941 people were in intensive care and 369 remained on respirators on Thursday.

On Thursday night, Turkish Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that 21 people had died from the virus in the previous 24 hours, raising Turkey’s death toll to 5,046.

The growing numbers are raising concerns that the easing of pandemic measures could be compromising efforts to contain the pandemic.