The NBA and the Players Association announced that there were 48 positive tests for coronavirus among the 546 players tested on the past 24 and 30 November, which were the dates the tests were done.
This was the initial round of testing for the players as they returned to their team headquarters prior to the start of individual practice on Tuesday. The regular season is scheduled to begin on December 22, and by then the NBA prepares daily tryouts.
While the league’s percentage of positives reaches 8.8 percent in its initial test, it is lower than the national average of 10.2 percent during the same period, although higher than the 5.3 percent rate. (16 of 302) during the same return to their headquarters at the end of last June before playing in the Orlando bubble (Florida).
In total, 46 players tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous weeks and upon reaching the bubble, after it was established at a cost of close to 200 million dollars.
The league did not have positive tests until the end of the season in mid-October, but then the players were already completely isolated from the outside world, something that will not happen today when be leading a normal life after training is over.
For now the Golden State Warriors officially revealed the contagion of two players and for this reason they delayed the start of their training sessions this week.
The first preseason games of the NBA are scheduled to start from next December 11 until 19.