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The Ministry of Health reported to media on Thursday evening that six members of the Pakistan men’s cricket team tested positive for COVID-19 at their managed isolation facility at the Chateau on the Park in Christchurch.
The test results are being confirmed outside of the Ministry’s usual cycle of announcing cases because of the high public interest in visiting teams.
All of the team members returned a negative COVID-19 test and passed a symptom check before departing in Lahore.
53 members arrived in Christchurch on 24 November and were tested on day 1, these cases are the results of those tests.
All of the positive cases were moved to quarantine rooms within the facility. Members of the team will be tested 4 times at a minimum while in managed isolation.
The members of the team will not be able to leave the facility to train and any training is conditional on a public health assessment. No training will be taking place.
Canterbury’s Medical Officer of Health sent a letter to the squad’s management to be communicated to the whole team, reminding them to stay isolated in their rooms until advised otherwise.
Several numbers of the team members were seen on CCTV at the facility breaching managed isolation rules, despite the Ministry giving clear, consistent and details communication of expected behaviours while staying at the facility.
A final warning was issued to the whole team.
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