NBA announces eight new positive COVID-19 cases in latest testing round

An NBA logo is displayed outside a basketball arena. (Ashley Landis, Pool, AP)

The NBA and National Basketball Players' Association announced Thursday that eight new players have returned positive COVID-19 tests in the last week.

The eight positive cases come from a group of 541 players tested since Dec. 2, for a positive rate of 1.48 per cent. During the league's initial return-to-market testing phase, from Nov. 24 - Dec. 1, 48 players tested positive for the virus.

"Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and the Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance," the NBA's statement read.

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors announced that three members of the organization had tested positive for the virus, but the club didn't say whether any of those positive tests came from players.

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