October 16, 2021


FIFA president Gianni Infantino has contracted COVID-19, football’s global governing body said on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Swiss national is experiencing mild symptoms and will self-isolate for at least the next 10 days, FIFA said in a statement. Those who have come in contact with Infantino over the past few days had been informed about the situation so they could “take the necessary steps.”

Although Infantino has limited his travel due to the pandemic, he did attend a ceremony at the White House in Washington last month to mark the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

His case comes amid a surge in cases in Switzerland and other areas of Europe. Switzerland announced a further 5,949 cases on Tuesday, and it’s logged around one fifth of its total number of known cases just in the last week.

Here’s a roundup of major developments around the world:


In Germany, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections increased by 11,409 to 449,275, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by 42 to 10,098, the tally showed.

In the UK, antibodies against the novel coronavirus fell over the summer, according to new research released on Tuesday.

Scientists at the Imperial College London found that antibody prevalence fell from 6% of the population at the end of June to 4.4% in September, suggesting immunity might not be enduring.

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