Professional football player Ilham Sheikhs, who played mini-soccer, died from the new coronavirus type in Iran.

23-year-old athlete died on Wednesday after a 10-day struggle with the disease, becoming the first football player who died from the virus COVID-19.

as of Friday in Iran recorded 388 cases of infection with coronavirus, of which 34 were fatal. At the same time completely recovered 73 people.

23-year-old Iranian football player Ilham Sheikhs (Elham Sheykhi) died after a 10-day struggle with the coronavirus. She became the world’s first football player who died of coronavirus. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/Wd2THkFheY

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on the Eve it became known that the new coronavirus was first detected in professional football in Italy. The name of the sick athlete was not disclosed, however it was explained that he lives in the province of Siena. In the country decided to hold a series of matches without spectators.

All in the world of coronavirus infected nearly 84 thousand people, more than 2,800 have died from the disease, and about 37 thousand – recovered. The world health organization declared the outbreak an emergency situation of international importance.