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Wu Lei becomes the first mainland football player to contract the Covid-19 virus as Europe continues to struggle with a devastating epidemic. Of this virus.

Wu Lei, currently playing for Espanyol, is the only Chinese footballer to play in the Spanish Premier League. His positive test was confirmed by the China Football Association (CFA) on Saturday.

"The CFA has been informed by Espanyol that Chinese national team member Wu Lei has been diagnosed," a statement read. "That contains the Coivd-19 virus."

"Wu is currently receiving treatment after having mild symptoms. The CFA is maintaining close ties with Wu as well as Espanyol. We will provide them with all necessary help based on the situation. Hopefully Wu will recover soon. Thank you for your concern. "

Espanyol announced on Tuesday that six members, including players and their team members, had been suspended. Diagnosed with the virus. As Spain radio station Cadena Cope revealed on Friday, Wu is on the shortlist. There are also four viruses in the club. (Extracts from scmp)