The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the most serious disruption to the sporting calendar worldwide since the Second World War. Sporting activities have been canceled or delayed globally and to varying degrees. Nearly 8.5 million people worldwide were reported to be COVID-19 positive, and over 4.56,000 died of the disease in the last six months. Scientists around the world are racing to find a vaccine that can save lives and stop the disease from spreading.

With sports activity coming back to normal, the lethal virus has not left the globe yet.

French Ligue 1 soccer club St Etienne said five staff members, including three players, had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

In a statement the club said the five people had been contaminated during France’s national lockdown from March 17 to May 11, adding that they are now isolated at home.

St Etienne, one of France’s most successful clubs, said Friday would go ahead with the scheduled training session.

France is the only one among the “Big Five” European soccer nations to have ended its season because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Ligue 1 title went to Paris St Germain.

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