Natarajan Tests Positive For Covid; DC-SRH Match To Go Ahead As Scheduled

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Natarajan Tests Positive For Covid; DC-SRH Match To Go Ahead As ScheduledT. Natarajan tested positive for Covid-19 in an RT-PCR Test.

The Covid crisis might come back to haunt the Indian Premier League 2021 as news has emerged that Sunrisers Hyderabad's T. Natarajan tested positive in a scheduled RT-PCR Test.

According to a BCCI release, the fast bowler, who is asymptomatic, and six close contacts identified by the medical team including Vijay Shankar, Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager) and Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler) have been placed in isolation.

The rest of the SRH squad returned negative results on the RT-PCR Tests conducted at 5 am today and can proceed to take part in tonight's clash against Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Stadium, which will go ahead as scheduled.

The IPL had to be brought to an abrupt halt earlier in May because of a spate of Covid cases in the tournament India in the backdrop of deadly second wave of virus that had wreaked havoc in the country. The BCCI managed to move the tournament to the UAE but three matches into resumption, and in an altogether different and stricter environment, the virus has still managed to breach the bio-secure bubbles.

The development has caught many franchises off-guard with some wondering how could this have happened. “The measures are very strict and it is impossible to get infected,” said one franchise official while another thought it could even be a chance of a false positive result.

However, with Natarajan having tested positive, the road back for him is a 10-day isolation and two negative RT-PCR test results. There is some ambiguity but those who have been isolated for having come in close contact may also have to stay in quarantine for 10 days.

The bio-security protocol reads: “Any participant testing positive for COVID-19 will have to isolate for a minimum of 10 days. During the 10-days isolation, the individual will be tested on Day 9 and Day 10. Two consecutive negative RT-PCR test results taken 24 hours apart, full resolution of symptoms, no fresh symptoms for more than 24 hours and no use of medications for more than 24 hours are mandatory for re-entry into the Bio-Secure Environment. To account for any false positive tests due to historical infections, serology tests and repeat RT-PCR tests may be conducted.”

Absence of 10 days means Natarajan will miss three games and could be available only for the last three games of the franchise.

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