As India battles the deadly second wave of Covid, more positive cases from different camps are emerging in the ongoing cricket tournament – IPL.
The ‘safe’ IPL bubbles now appear to be bursting. In the latest case, two staff members and a bus driver at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp have tested Covid 19 positive.
The three members who tested positive are Chief Executive Officer Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner. while the rest of the contingent tested negative.
They’ve been isolated from the rest of the group.
The three have taken a new test this morning to ensure it wasn’t a false positive. If it’s negative, they’ll be moved outside the team bubble into isolation for 10 days. After two negatives they will be allowed to re-enter.
Balaji was in the CSK dressing room in their last match vs Mumbai Indians.
The players who came in direct contact with them have been asked to undergo a one-day isolation.
The team’s practice session has been cancelled ahead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
“The CSK team will undergo another testing today of those who are found positive. CSK wants to double check the testing reports. Till then, all players have been informed to stay under isolation and further tests will be done on every individual,” sources in the Indian board stated.
Delhi ground staff members tested positive
Covid-19 was also found in five ground staff members at the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). There are chances they may have come into contact with the players and support staff.
They’ve been isolated as well.
Up until May 8, Delhi will host four more IPL matches.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians will play their next match at the venue tomorrow.
This is the second incident within the day when players or staff members at IPL teams have tested positive.