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Nov 28, 2020

One more Pakistan cricket player has tested positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand after six of his teammates were confirmed to be infected with the virus earlier in the week. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s official website said the team departed on Monday for New Zealand where they are set to play later this year.

But six players tested positive after arriving in the country — and on Saturday, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said another member had tested positive.

The remainder of the squad has tested negative, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Earlier in the week, New Zealand Cricket said all players had tested negative for the virus before departing from Lahore.

“The Pakistan Cricket squad members that arrived in New Zealand all met the agreed predeparture requirements for travel, including multiple PCR tests, and symptom checks,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement Saturday.
“The Ministry is today thanking the Pakistan Cricket squad for their compliance with expectations around managed isolation and their cooperation with the investigation of the cases.”

What happens now: All international arrivals into New Zealand have to undergo 14 days of managed isolation at a state-managed facility. The Pakistan team had been given an exemption to train during their managed isolation — but that’s now on hold.

Local health authorities will consider whether training is unlikely to transmit Covid-19, and that consideration is expected to take until at least early next week.

What’s the background: After the team landed, several of the Pakistan players were caught on camera breaking isolation rules, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said earlier this week.

“Since their arrival, several team members have been seen on CCTV at the facility breaching managed isolation rules, despite clear, consistent and detailed communication of expected behaviors while in the facility,” a news release read. “The team as a whole has been issued with a final warning.”


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