KHL President Alexei Morozov provided an update on the state of COVID-19 and the league on Friday. He said that 21 people are currently infected with COVID-19 virus, and that a total 486 people have recovered from the disease.
“I’ll give you the numbers right away. At the moment, in all KHL teams, a total of 21 people are sick with a diagnosis of COVID-19, 486 people have recovered. This number includes not only the players, but also the staff of the clubs tested by the KHL, Morozov said.
‘The KHL has operated this season under a wide array of varying restrictions, generally based on guidelines set by regional authorities. Some teams allow a percentage of fans to attend games while others have yet to allow fans to attend games.
The president also discussed potential playoff scenarios in relation to the COVID-19 virus.
“As for the playoffs in the“ bubble ”, it’s too early to discuss this issue. We want to hold the cup stage not only in different cities, but also in the presence of spectators. For now, let’s observe the situation in the regions and observe the rules, take care of our relatives and loved ones,” said Morozov.
On Wednesday, the Finnish team “Jokerit” beat the Salavat Yulaev on their ice – 3: 1. Before the game, the Finnish authorities did not allow six players and the management of Salavat Yuleav to play because they did not have proof of COVID-19 anti-bodies. Capitals prospect Alex Alexeyev, who is currently on loan to Salavat Yuleav, was one of 16 skaters who were allowed to play in the game.
The KHL president commented on the actions by the Jokerit team.
“The KHL is an international league, and must take into account the peculiarities of the legislation of the states in which foreign clubs are based. Including medical regulations. We had to face the fact that medical laws in Finland are tough. For example, this week due to epidemiological situation, the national championship was suspended, “- said the head of the KHL.
“As for the situation with the match between Jokerit and Salavat Yulaev, it changed several times, and the match really could not have taken place. The fact that we received information late does not suit us. The League is working to establish a constructive dialogue with the Finnish authorities. We are doing everything possible to minimize such incidents, “Morozov assured.
By Jon Sorensen