Corona alarm at Hertha BSC: After the next positive test, the capital city club must be the first Bundesliga club to be in complete quarantine and cannot participate in the relegation battle in the upcoming English week.
The club has applied to the German Football League DFL to cancel the groundbreaking games at FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday as well as against SC Freiburg (April 21) and Schalke 04 (April 24).
Hertha confirmed this on Thursday evening. After coach Pal Dardai, assistant coach Admir Hamzagic and offensive player Dodi Lukebakio, Marvin Plattenhardt also tested positive on Thursday. A 14-day domestic quarantine applies with immediate effect for the team and the coaching staff. Like those previously tested, Plattenhardt is symptom-free and was immediately separated from the group.
“After consulting with our hygiene officer, we tightened the hygiene measures again during the last international break, and with it the hope that Rune Jarstein’s positive corona test would remain an isolated case. Unfortunately, this has not been confirmed,” says sports director Arne Friedrich: ” Due to the cases that have occurred, we are now forced to a 14-day quarantine at home. From a health point of view, this is absolutely the right step. From a sporting point of view, it affects us of course, because we now have six Bundesliga games up to in May in the fight to stay up to be completed at the end of the season on May 22nd. “
After direct consultation with the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf health department, the team, coaching team and close employees around the squad should actually go into officially ordered isolation after training on Thursday. All people involved should initially move into common quarters by April 28, which they would have been allowed to leave for training sessions and games.