Munster underwent another round of PCR tests on Tuesday morning after the last positive cases before deciding on the next course of action; positive cases will remain isolated in Cape Town
Last update: 11/30/21 11:58 am
Munster has registered nine new positive cases of Covid-19 among its group of players and staff in South Africa.
A member of their travel party tested positive on Sunday, derailing their planned return home after their United Rugby Championship game against the Bulls was postponed on Saturday due to the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19 in South Africa.
Munster did not say if any of the positive cases were the new Omicron variant, but, as a precaution, underwent another round of PCR tests on Tuesday morning before deciding on their next course of action.
“Although the individuals were disappointed to receive the news, they are fortunately well and will continue to be medically monitored for the time being,” the Irish province said in a statement.
The 10 members of the group who tested positive will remain in a designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town until the end of their period of isolation.
Munster confirmed that the remaining 38 players and staff in South Africa had tested negative and were retaining travel clearance from South African authorities.
In a tweet, they added: “The players and staff are as good as they can get in this difficult situation. Thank you for your best wishes.”
Munster was among four European teams that flew to South Africa for the final round of RCU matches, with Cardiff also unable to leave the country following two positive cases of Covid-19 .
Munster are due to face Wasps on December 12 and Castres a week later in the group stage of the European Rugby Champions Cup – matches that could now be in jeopardy depending on how long they stay in Cape Town.