New COVID cases keep Munster stranded in Cape Town
NEWS UPDATE: The Munster squad remains stranded in Cape Town, following the outbreak of more positive COVID tests.
“Munster’s latest round of PCR testing has identified nine positive cases,” the Irish province said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The group, including staff and players, will move to the designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town joining the first player who tested positive on Sunday.
“The remaining party of 38 have all returned negative results and continue to individually isolate in their rooms where they have been based since Sunday.”
The majority of Munster’s squad was given the green light to return home by Ireland’s Sports Minister Jack Chambers on Monday.
However, the latest development has now left the entire squad stranded for at least another day.
“As outlined by the Irish government on Monday, those that have received negative results have clearance to travel from the South African authorities.
“In taking every precaution the touring party have completed another round of PCR testing this morning, the third in less than 60 hours, and will wait on results ahead of next steps.
“The 10 members of the group who have tested positive will remain in Cape Town until the end of their isolation period.
“While the individuals were disappointed on receiving the news they are thankfully well and will continue to be monitored medically at this time.
“We understand this is a challenging situation and would like to thank families, friends, colleagues and our rugby community for the many messages of best wishes.”
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