Venezuela has called up fifteen new players for the Copa América on Saturday after twelve members of the delegation tested positive for the corona virus on the eve of the opening game against host country Brazil.

Eight players are among the infected members.

Venezuela's Portuguese coach José Peseiro says the players' drop-out has disrupted his team's preparation.

"Tomorrow we will play with eleven players who have never trained or played together before."

Four people from the Bolivian delegation also tested positive.

According to a statement from the Bolivian Football Association, three players and one member of the technical staff are involved.

The corona outbreak in the Venezuelan team is another blow to the Copa América, which has been widely criticized for the health situation in Brazil.

That is the new host country after the withdrawal of Argentina and Colombia.

Brazil is the country worst hit by the pandemic after the United States.

The opening game between Brazil and Venezuela starts on Sunday at 11 PM Dutch time.

The Copa América is played in five stadiums in four cities: Brasilia, Cuiabá, Goiânia and Rio de Janeiro, which has two stadiums.

The stadiums will remain empty for the 47th edition of the South American Championship.