Game Zero: Spread of Coronavirus Linked to Soccer Match

On Feb. 19, thousands of Italian and Spanish fans traveled to Milan for a major game. Now, Italian city Bergamo and Spanish city Valencia are in the throes of major outbreaks.

  • Published 25 March 2020
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ROME (AP) — It was the biggest soccer game in Atalanta’s history and a third of Bergamo’s population made the short trip to Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium. Nearly 2,500 fans of visiting Spanish club Valencia also traveled to that Champions League match. More than a month later, experts are pointing to the Feb. 19 game as one of the biggest reasons why Bergamo has become one of the epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic —…

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