The World Cup curling in Canada was shut down on Saturday afternoon due to a corona outbreak.

Various infections came to light during the mandatory test round.

It is not clear whether players or team leaders have been tested positive for the corona virus.

All teams undergo a new test and as long as the results are not known, no matches will be played.

The play-offs are still on the program, in which the best six countries compete for the medals.

Sweden, the Russian Federation, the United States, Canada, Scotland and Switzerland had qualified for it.

The Dutch curling men had already been eliminated in the battle for the world title.

The team of skip Jaap van Dorp bowed on Saturday in the last group match for Italy: 8-4.

The Dutch still had a 3-2 lead after the fifth end, but saw Italy score four runs in the sixth end: 3-6.

That blow was no longer over the formation of national coach Shari Leibbrandt.

It was the eleventh loss in thirteen games for the Netherlands.

In the ranking of fourteen countries, the team finished in a disappointing twelfth place.

Based on the points balance, the Netherlands only held South Korea and China.

Earlier at this World Cup it became clear that the Orange would grab a direct ticket for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

This required a place in the top six.

There will be another Olympic qualifying tournament later this year.