PGA announces 1st known coronavirus case among professional players

The PGA announced on Wednesday that South African golfer Victor Lange has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lange represents the first confirmed case of the coronavirus among players connected to the PGA Tour. He plays on PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

The 26-year-old disclosed his illness to the PGA and reported that he has no symptoms. He’s expected to make a full recovery, according to the PGA.

“We have offered our support as he recovers under quarantine and with medical supervision at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa,” the PGA statement reads.

‘We appreciate Victor’s prompt disclosure’

Lange played the Estrella Del Mar Open in Mazatlán, Mexico, which he left on March 9 to return home to South Africa. He took a precautionary test on March 15, which returned positive on March 17, according to the PGA.

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“We appreciate Victor’s prompt disclosure of his diagnosis,” the PGA statement reads.

PGA Tour Latinoamérica is one of six circuits tours the PGA Tour runs globally.

The PGA Tour has suspended play amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the PGA Championship joined the Masters as the second major tournament postponed.

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Last week, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19 after contracting it in Australia, where Hanks was filming a movie. 

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," the Oscar-winning actor shared on Instagram. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?"

Idris Elba took to Twitter on Monday morning to announce that he, too, contracted the virus. The actor was at the same conference in Webley as Sophie Trudeau, who also tested positive. 

He shared with his fans:

"This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.

Sophie Gregorie Trudeau, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, was announced to have tested positive for the virus last week. 

Her symptoms developed after attending a conference in Britain in early March. The prime minister is not showing symptoms and will not be tested, but will remain under quarantine.

Kristofer Hivju, best known for his role as Tormund on "Game of Thrones," took to Instagram on Monday to reveal he was self quarantining with his family in Norway.  

"We are in good health,” he wrote. “I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading.

Olga Kurylenko, who starred in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” announced this weekend that she has contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

“I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now,” she wrote on Instagram. “Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

Donavan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, both players on the Utah Jazz basketball team, have tested positive for the virus. Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive, which prompted the suspension of the rest of the basketball season. 
Callum Hudson-Odoi, a forward for the Chelsea football team, tested positive for the virus, in addition to Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta. Following the announcement, all professional soccer games in England have been postponed. 
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