South Africa-England first ODI at Newlands abandoned after positive COVID-19 cases


Cape Town: Two members of the England touring party in South Africa have returned “unconfirmed positive tests” for COVID-19, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Sunday, as the first one-day international was canceled because of a virus outbreak at the hotel where both teams are staying.

The ECB did not release any names and didn’t say if the two members were players or officials. It said the two positive tests came after an additional round of testing on players and officials sparked by the news that two staff members at the Cape Town hotel used by both teams for the series had tested positive for COVID-19.

Signs at Newlands in Cape Town, where the first ODI between South Africa and England has been abandoned.Credit:Getty

The players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms until further advice from the medical teams, the ECB said.

The remainder of the tour is now in doubt after the first of three ODIs was already postponed from Friday after a South African player tested positive for COVID-19. The South African, who was also not named, is the third South African player to test positive during England’s tour.


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