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Argentina forms strict bubble for Copa America

The Argentina national team has created strict protocols to protect its players from COVID-19 during the Copa America, as the country enters its worst period since the pandemic began.

Argentina forms strict bubble for Copa America

The national team complex in Ezeiza will become a fortress to host the team from May 26 until the end of the tournament, which will be played between June 13-July 10.


All players are set to sleep in single rooms, meaning 17 trailers have been rented to serve as accommodation for coach Lionel Scaloni and his staff.


The Argentine soccer federation (AFA) have also installed tents that will be used as fitness centers, restaurants, COVID test centers and entertainment.


As players arrive to be a part of the bubble, they will be isolated until their COVID-19 tests return a negative result. That will be repeated for at least three days, and there will be no visits from people outside the bubble, which calls into question the mental toll that players may suffer, which athletes from other sports have reported suffering from previously.


Argentina's national team is awaiting approval from the government for vaccines by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which were donated by CONMEBOL, to immunise their players.


Argentina has recently hit a record number of daily cases and deaths from COVID-19. The country has had over 3.4 million cases and more than 72,000 deaths from the virus.




Author: Jake Wilkin