Another Pakistani cricketer tests positive for Covid-19

Author
Ben Leahy, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 2 Dec 2020, 1:46PM
A picture posted to Twitter of the Pakistan Cricket team arriving in Christchurch on November 24 for their New Zealand tour. Photo / Supplied
A picture posted to Twitter of the Pakistan Cricket team arriving in Christchurch on November 24 for their New Zealand tour. Photo / Supplied

Another Pakistani cricketer tests positive for Covid-19

Author
Ben Leahy, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 2 Dec 2020, 1:46PM

Another member of the Pakistan cricket squad has tested positive for Covid.

The team member is the only new new case of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation in New Zealand today. There are no new community cases.

The squad member was one of the three cases reported as under investigation yesterday. They have now been confirmed to have an active Covid-19 infection. The two other cases remain under investigation.

The team has not yet been cleared to train. That will only happen once the Canterbury DHB medical officer of health determines they are satisfied that any training activities are unlikely to transmit Covid-19.

One previously reported Covid case has now recovered, meaning New Zealand's total number of active cases remained at 72, the Ministry of Health said.

The country's total number of confirmed cases was now 1704.

Yesterday 7,076 tests for Covid-19 were undertaken in laboratories, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,285,766.

Yesterday there were three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation.

They included a person arriving from Germany via Singapore on November 23, who had a historical case, another arriving from the US on November 23, and a third arriving from South Africa on November 26.

With three previously reported cases having recovered, New Zealand's total number of active Covid cases remained at 72.

New Zealand's total number of confirmed cases was now 1703.

Laboratories processed 3165 tests for Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,278,690.

Pakistan cricket squad cluster

More tests were also on the 46 members of Pakistan's cricket squad, who had so far tested negative for Covid-19, in Christchurch on Monday

"Of those, 42 have subsequently returned a further negative test result. Three are under investigation to determine whether they are historical cases, and one test result is pending," the Ministry of Health said.

The team are not allowed to train until a Canterbury DHB medical officer of health gives the all clear that any training activities were unlikely to transmit Covid-19.

Xmas party warning

The Ministry of Health also reminded Kiwis to be cautious when celebrating Christmas parties this year.

"With the countdown on until Christmas, the ministry asks that anyone hosting a party for staff ensures that everyone who is attending is well," it said.

"If anyone who was planning to attend is unwell, please consider how you can include them in your celebrations via video call or other means that ensure they can take part while everyone is kept safe."