Apr 1, 2021 - Health

Mets-Nationals Opening Day game postponed due to COVID-19

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The Washington Nationals-New York Mets Opening Day game, which was set to kick off in the nation's capital on Thursday night, will reportedly be postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

Why it matters: More than one year after the first professional sports game was canceled due to COVID-19, it's a reminder that the pandemic is still disrupting everyday life — especially as fourth wave of infections driven by new variants looms over the country.

The big picture: This year's 162-game schedule was set to begin this afternoon in the Bronx, after the pandemic shortened the MLB season to 60 games last year.

  • The league saw just 17 positive tests out of 72,751 conducted (0.02%) last Friday. But five Nationals are currently in quarantine due to a positive test — a reminder of how fragile any sense of stability will be.

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