World number one golfer infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus

On October 13, PGA Tour announced that the world’s leading golfer, Dustin Johnson, had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus that caused acute respiratory infections with COVID-19. This forced him to retire from the upcoming CJ Cup tournament in Las Vegas, USA.

The PGA Tour announced that Johnson had been screened for signs of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection just before the opening round at Shadow Creek Stadium on 15 October. 

The 36-year-old American golfer quarantined himself

Johnson is having a good season when he won the FedEx Cup for the first time – the PGA Tour season 2019 – 2020 and won the award of the best golfer of the PGA Tour. This is the most prominent golfer with COVID-19 since the 2019-2020 season was resumed in June of this year following a 3-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On the same day, European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell and European Commissioner for Crisis Resolution Janez Lenarcic said they had quarantined themselves after coming into contact with people who had been positive for SARS-CoV-2 during a visit to Ethiopia last week.

Mr. Borrel said on Twitter, “I was told this afternoon that a member of the delegation that accompanied me and @JanezLenarcic to Ethiopia last week had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-virus. Mr. Borrel said that when he arrived home on 11 October, he had tested negative for a deadly infection. He is now quarantining himself and waiting for a second examination under the outbreak legislation.”

Under Belgian Disease Control Rules, anyone who comes into contact with anyone infected with SARS-CoV-2 can quarantine for a maximum of 7 days. To date, only 1 of the 27 European Commissioners, Mariya Gabriel, has been reported to have COVID-19 after being in near contact with an affected employee. Previously, President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission quarantined themselves following near contact with someone afflicted with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

The European Commission is based in Brussels (Belgium), one of the most influenced European cities, the capital of Spain, Madrid and Paris, France.