After cancelling several matches, the National Hockey League (NHL) has extended the isolation period for NHL players and staff to April 6. Initially, the self-isolation period was set to end on March 27.
The announcement was made by Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL. But unfortunately, there is no indication of when the NHL season might resume after its indefinite suspension on March 12.
The Fate of Stanley Cup
The management has already started liaising with arena officials to assess the possibility of hosting the games in August. The commissioner Gary Bettman said that any decision to resume the season would be made under the advisory of health officials. He also expressed his confidence in the awarding of the Stanley Cup, even if it would mean playing the season up to early fall or deep into the summer.
So far, two players from Ottawa Senators have already tested positive for the novel coronavirus while six others are awaiting results. There could be more infections, but the league’s medical experts are adamant about testing anyone unless they exhibit the typical symptoms of Covid-19.
The NHL is not the only sport that has been hot by the pandemic. Soccer, basketball, football, and other sports have also been affected. It is alarming that most of the NBA Covid-19 cases, as well as those of the NHL, are linked to the Staples Center that hosted 39 games since the announcement of the first Covid-19 case in the US.
Covid-19 is the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that was discovered in Wuhan, China, back in December 2019. The disease has so far spread to over 190 countries, infecting over 350,000 people and claiming over 16,000 lives. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease but scientists are working on it.