The Colombian cyclist was hospitalized for several weeks for coronavirus and on March 26 he was discharged from hospital
Fernando Gaviria returned to Colombia this Wednesday from theUnited Arab Emirates(UAE), where he was hospitalized for several weeks for coronavirus and on March 26, he was discharged from the hospital, after the last tests he had for COVID-19 were negative.
The Colombian sprinter was already with his team, theUAE Team Emiratesprecisely, before February 21 in the country. That was the day the UAE Tour started, World Tour event. More than 50 days later, Gaviria has been able to leave the country.
The return of Gaviria was confirmed by the Colombian Cycling Federation in a statement detailing that the cyclist arrived in Bogotalong with 55 returneesMore on an airplane with 13 tons of medical material donated by the United Arab Emirates to deal with the pandemic. “These 56 compatriots, all have negative evidence for COVID-19 and are not deported,” said the director of the Colombian Migration, Juan Francisco Espinosa, in a video released by his office.
The official specified that the flight was only approached by Colombians whose tests for coronaviruses were negative and that, once they landed in Bogot, they were assessed by the health authorities and transferred to places that previously reported to the Government.
In that sense, Gaviria,winner in 2018 of two stages of the Tour de Franceand in 2017 of four in the Giro d’Italia, he will quarantine in Bogot and, according to the Colombian Cycling Federation, he is waiting “for his transfer to the department of Antioquia (from which he is a native) to reunite with his family.”
On March 26, the 25-year-old cyclist said: “The last tests I have had have been negative and the doctors have discharged me from the hospital. Now I focus on being able to go home and meet with each other.”
On March 3, the health authorities of the United Arab Emirates reported the existence ofsix new cases of coronavirus-two Russians, two Italians, a German and a Colombian-, in the peloton of the Cycling Tour of that country, canceled a week earlier.
Nine days later Gaviria confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates and then stated that he was “in good health”.
Both participating teams and members of the organization and journalists were quarantined at their hotels for several days.
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