Pakistan cricket team undergoes third coronavirus test in New Zealand
Members of the Pakistan Cricket squad underwent a third round of coronavirus PCR tests in Christchurch on Monday, reported 24NewsHD TV Channel.
The reports are due in 24 hours. Six members of the team tested positive for COVID-19 upon their arrival in New Zealand six days ago - two of these were identified to be historical infections. One member of the team tested positive in the second round of testing conducted on Day 3.
Today's tests will likely determine whether the players will be allowed to train in the managed isolation period. The team was supposed to have an exemption to train but it was put on hold after members of the squad testing positive for COVID-19 along with reports of bio-security breaches.
Two of the six initial COVID-19 positive cases from Pakistan squad are now not considered infectious anymore after serology tests, said New Zealand health authorities on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Muhammad Abbas, who have been declared as historis cases, have been allowed to join the squad.
“Following serology (blood) testing, two of the original six positive cases are now considered to be historic cases and are therefore not infectious,” said a spokesperson of New Zealand health ministry.
In a statement, New Zealand's health ministry said the Canterbury DHB medical officer of health will "conduct an assessment of whether the team members who have not returned positive tests can have an exemption from managed isolation to train".
"For this to occur, the medical officer of health must be satisfied that training is unlikely to transmit COVID-19," the statement added.
Mwanwhile, Pakistan team was also allowed to a walk in a ground adjacent to their hotel where they also conducted light training and excercise.