Barber has explained that Brighton players are not being routinely tested, only if anyone shows symptoms, and that the individual who has contracted the virus is only showing mild symptoms.
The news has been reported by the Sussex Express, with Barber commenting: “We have had three players tested so far and one has tested positive.
“We are not testing them routinely. We are only testing them when symptoms emerge. The one that tested positive was just today. That is unfortunate but he is okay and he is getting the care that he needs at the moment.
“Mild symptoms and doing fine is what I have been told by our medical team. Thankfully that is positive. We have been lucky up until now. We have had various staff in self isolation as a precaution. But this is the first positive test that I am aware of.”
Brighton players have clubbed together on social media during the lockdown that has been imposed on the United Kingdom, urging fans to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus. The below video was uploaded to social media by senior defender Shane Duffy.
As things stand, the UK is in lockdown except for essential travel, basic shopping and daily exercise until at least 13 April when the government plans to re-assess the situation.
Football in England will resume no sooner than 30 April, with non-league football below the National League and National League North/South already officially cancelled and all results from the 2019/20 season expunged from the records.
However, it now appears almost certain that that resumption date will be pushed back even further, as it seems unrealistic that the spread of the virus will have been sufficiently curbed to start the action again by then. It is believed the Premier League are hoping to get back to it in June, finishing this campaign in time to start the new season on time in August.