By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
According to the Sapienza University in Rome, the game pitting Atalanta against Spanish side Valencia quadrupled the growth of the corona virus epidemic in the North of Italy.
From the research conducted, the atmosphere was comfortable for the quick transmission of the disease as the fans were in complete ecstasy: shouting, embracing and living the moment which is absolutely the spirit of the ‘beautiful game,’ but no fan had a clue of the troubled waters the country was about stepping on.
The game was played in Milan. The Distance between Atalanta B.C. and A.C. Milan is 31 miles (50 kilometres) and driving distance from Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia to Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) is 37 miles or 60 kilometers. Travel time by car is 49 minutes, which helped the wide spread of the disease in the town.
The delight of the February 19, 4-1 win over Valencia for Atalanta fans was short-lived especially as the aftermath of that buzzing atmosphere began showing itself thereafter.
The CoronaVirus epidemic became chronic to the extent that on February 23, the Prime Minister of the country announced that the Minister of Sport Spadafora had to suspend all the sporting events till further notice.
Several football stars plying their trade in Italy have been tested positive and the decision to push forth all Serie A matches remains the best yet, but came perhaps a fraction late.
The sorry tale of Wuhan, China, seems to be a thing of the past as the world now looks at Italy as the country in dire need of a solution.
The country’s latest tally reported a total of 6,078 deaths from 63,928 infections, with a world-leading fatality rate of more than 9 percent.
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