Encouraged by decreasing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, the Federal Government of Germany has given its blessing for the 2019-2020 season of the Bundesliga Premier League to resume mid-May.
The announcement, made on Wednesday (May 6), confirms that the Bundesliga will become the first of Europe’s top five leagues to initiate a restart since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Suspended in mid-March, the remaining line-up of matches for Germany’s top-flight football will be played behind closed doors.
Elsewhere in Europe, as neighbours France and Portugal have already terminated their respective leagues, there has been no official word in the United Kingdom or Spain as to whether matches will resume or effectively be cancelled.
The Netherlands also ended the remaining season for its top tier football league less than two weeks ago.
In the case of Germany, there have been significantly fewer reported deaths in Germany, while testing capabilities have been relatively high from the onset.
In a statement on Monday (May 4), the Bundesliga said that as part of a first wave, a total of 1,724 coronavirus tests have been conducted on the 36 Division 1 and Division 2 clubs since last Thursday (April 30).
“Ten cases were identified and reported to health authorities. Appropriate measures, such as the isolation of affected individuals and associated diagnostic investigations, were carried out directly by the respective clubs in accordance with guidelines issued by local health authorities,” the football league disclosed further.
A second wave of widespread testing will commence shortly, the Bundesliga assured.