South African cricketer tests COVID-19 positive ahead of England series
Three South Africa cricketers had to be isolated after one of them tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the limited overs series against England which kicks off on November 27th.
CSA in a statement revealed that all three cricketers are asymptomatic. However, the names of the cricketers remain undisclosed.
“One player has returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. All three players have been placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being,” the official statement said.
“CSA can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited-overs tour against England. The testing is in line with fulfilling the organisation’s obligation and commitment to its duty of care to its team and to the broader public in controlling the spread of the virus.”
Two players have been added to the squad. However, the players kept in isolation will not be replaced.
CSA carried out close to 50 tests before the contingent entered a bio-bubble in Cape Town which is the venue for the 1st T20I.