Perlas Spikers say only 7 players got COVID-19

The Perlas Spikers confirmed that some of their players have contracted COVID-19.
By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--The Perlas Spikers broke their silence on Monday afternoon regarding the team's now-suspended bubble training in Baguio City.

Perlas clarified that seven players and not eight as earlier reported and a coach were tested positive for COVID-19.

For privacy reasons, the names of those who contracted the coronavirus were withheld.

"The Perlas Spikers, the first standalone volleyball club in the Philippines, has been fortunate enough to have been welcomed by the local government Unit of Baguio City into the Summer Capital of the Philippines for the last leg of our preparations for the forthcoming PVL Open Conference," the club said.

Perlas, which was strictly adhering the home-training venue-home setup since starting its training bubble on May 30, also clarified that no player has violated the provisions set up by the team and the city government.

On the other hand, skipper Jem Ferrer said that not even a single Perlas player has been staying in Teacher's Camp during the bubble.

"In light of all the misinformation circulating in social media and the news about my team’s situation here in Baguio I would like to clarify the following: We are not billeted in Teacher’s Camp. The only places that we go to apart from our accommodation are our court training venue and our gym training," said Ferrer.  "With regard to the news that we snuck out of Teacher’s Camp that is 1,000% not true because number 1, we are not staying there, and number 2, in our accommodation there is a CCTV that monitors us 24/7 and that can prove that we do not go out of our gates except for court training and gym training as mentioned earlier," she added. 

Ferrer assured that the remaining players and coaches who were negative are okay, while those who were tested positive are already in the quarantine facility and recovering from the virus. 

On the other hand, Perlas assured that it will continue to adhere to the conditions set for the team to hold its training.

 "We plan to continue following the protocols set by the RIATF, the LGU, and GAB until our last day here in Baguio," the club said.

Perlas concluded by asking its fans for prayers that everyone which contracted COVID-19 would recover quickly and telling them too that it looks forward to playing professional volleyball again.

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