In Italy, Spread of Coronavirus Linked to a Champions League Match

In Italy, Spread of Coronavirus Linked to a Champions League Match

The Quint
In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 file photo, Atalanta players celebrate at the end of the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Atalanta and Valencia at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. 

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 - a "biological bomb" was the way one respiratory specialist put it - and why 35% of Valencia's team became infected.

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