After previously taking a step to play games behind closed doors, the NBA have now suspended the rest of the season after an Utah Jazz player, reportedly Rudy Gobert tested positive to Coronavirus before the start of the game against Oklahoma. The G-League also has suspended proceedings for at least two weeks according to a report by Associated Press.
An official statement by the NBA read:
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement sent shortly after 9:30 p.m. Eastern. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
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Players were already on the floor for warmups to Uttah Jazz’s meet with Oklahoma before before the tip-off was made. Players were then asked to return to their locker rooms. Thirty minutes afterwards, fans who came to see the game were told the game was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Those circumstances have turned out to be the worst for the League for now as an NBA player tested positive to the Coronavirus. The shutdown on the league is rumoured to last only two weeks. That said, that timeframe remains very flexible and could change over time.
In most cases, the symptoms of the virus are mild with cough and fever while in other cases, especially adults, it could lead to severe illnesses like pneumonia. Most people recover from the illness though.
According to the World Health Organisation, people who show mild symptoms recover as quickly as two weeks while it might take from six to eight weeks for people with tougher symptoms to recover.
In mainland china where the virus first hit hard, 80,000 cases tested positive to the virus and 58,000 have recovered since then.