Soccer video games in Argentina suspended as a consequence of coronavirus

ISTANBUL

Argentina has suspended all football games to be played in the country due to renewed restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s football association said on Friday.

“The Argentine Football Association is informing the public that it has decided to suspend the match schedule until May 30th in order to follow the health measures announced by President Alberto Fernandez to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Association said in a statement.

The 47th edition of Copa America was originally scheduled for 2020, but coronavirus forced the competition to be postponed for a year.

Argentina and Colombia were scheduled to host the competition from June 13th to July 10th. However, Colombia was later dropped due to a series of protests against President Ivan Duque.

Brazil are the defending champions who took their ninth Copa America title in 2019.

The new measures in Argentina will go into effect from Saturday midnight through May 30 and will restrict traffic and movement of people in “high risk” areas.

Personal social, economic, educational, religious and sporting activities are suspended while only essential services are allowed.

The republic with more than 45 million inhabitants has registered a surplus of 3.4 million COVID-19 infections and 72,699 deaths.

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