The Latest: MLB has 4 positive virus tests in past week

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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, center, walks in the dugout during the sixth inning of the second baseball game of the team's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Washington. The Braves won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:


Major League Baseball had two players and two staff members test positive for the coronavirus over the past week, according to results released by the league and players’ association Friday.

One of the players was on a big league roster and the other participating at an alternate site. The four positive tests were found from 12,494 total tests conducted.

Since the end of intake testing to begin spring training, 25 positive tests have occurred (17 players, eight staff members) out of 99,599 tests — a 0.03% positive rate.

The positive tests this season include at least four among the Nationals, an outbreak that prompted MLB to postpone Washington’s season-opening series against the New York Mets.


The NHL’s Capitals and NBA’s Wizards will be allowed to host a limited capacity of 10% fans for games effective immediately after Washington, D.C., approved the teams’ request. Major League Baseball’s Nationals will be able to increase capacity from 5,000 to just over 10,000 fans — 25% capacity.