Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been in quarantine in Madeira for several days but shows no signs of coronavirus contracted by a team-mate of Juventus, local authorities said Thursday in Portugal.
“Ronaldo left Italy a few days ago and his isolation hasn’t just started now,” said Pedro Ramos, a member of the Madeira regional government in charge of health.
“Both the athlete and his family are symptomless,” he added during a news conference.
On Wednesday, Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani screened positive for the COVID-19 virus, though the club confirmed he had no symptoms.
“The players, members of staff and all those who came into contact (with Rugani) are in voluntary isolation. Ronaldo… is in Madeira and is staying there until further notice,” the Serie A club told AFP.
Last week, Ronaldo traveled to his home town of Madeira to visit his stroke-stricken mother.
“The player visited his mother because the health services were able to guarantee all the safety conditions, for him but also for everyone who has been in contact with him,” said Ramos.
Portugal suspended flights to and from Italy on Wednesday until March 24 due to the pandemic coronavirus.
Portuguese health authorities registered 78 infections across the country on Thursday.