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Atletico San Luis president Alberto Marrero tests positive for coronavirus

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MEXICO CITY -- Liga MX club Atletico San Luis' president Alberto Marrero has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first case of its kind in Mexican soccer.

The Spaniard was tested on Monday after showing symptoms of the the virus that has caused world sport to close down. The result was positive.

"Our president is doing fine, is stable and following medical instruction, with the objective of recovering his health as quickly as possible," read a statement from the club.

Marrero returned to Mexico from Spain last Friday, the club informed ESPN Mexico, but the president remained isolated from people at the club. Even so, the health of the entire San Luis squad will continue to be monitored.

Atleti San Luis, Spanish giant Atletico Madrid's sister club, played last Saturday behind closed doors, losing 1-0 at home to Puebla, and Marrero was present at the game, the club told ESPN Mexico.

Liga MX brought in measures to suspend play later than other world leagues.

Liga MX games went ahead as normal on Friday in front of fans, but league announced Saturday that the remaining games would be behind closed doors, with the league finally confirming on Sunday that all play would be suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Saturday evening, Mexico had a total of 41 positive tests for the coronavirus, and classes in public schools have been suspended from March 20 until April 20. But the number of confirmed cases had risen to 93 by Tuesday evening.

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