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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021: Players safe as 20 staff members of Chennai hotel test positive for COVID-19

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is ready to start on January 10.

Chepauk Stadium
Chepauk Stadium. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Few days forward of the beginning of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 match, practically 20 employees members of a lodge in Chennai have examined optimistic for COVID-19. It’s the identical lodge the place as many as three groups – Manipur, Meghalaya, and Mizoram – are stationed. Fortuitously, not one of the gamers or the assist employees have examined optimistic for the virus.

The groups are staying on the Leela Palace which has develop into a brand new COVID-19 cluster within the metropolis. Earlier than Leela Palace, an analogous outbreak had taken place on the ITC Grand Chola too. A Chennai Company official confirmed that 20 employees members of the lodge examined optimistic for COVID-19 with the primary case detected on December 31.

“A complete of 326 samples had been examined, of which 20 got here out optimistic. All occasions have been suspended on the lodge for per week and disinfection work was carried out. All workers and different contacts have been quarantined. All of the 20 are workers of the lodge together with cooks, safety males and laundry employees. The primary case was detected on December 31,” the company official was quoted as saying by The New Indian Categorical.

The groups, then again, arrived on the lodge on January 2. Round 80 people related to the Syed Mushtaq Ali meet, together with 60 gamers, are present process quarantine within the lodge. The gamers and others have already accomplished one COVID-19 screening and all the outcomes have come destructive. A second COVID take a look at is at the moment underway, the outcomes of which will probably be identified on Tuesday, in keeping with the information outlet.

Groups are secure, says the official

Whereas the newest outbreak is certainly a motive to fret, the gamers and different people who will probably be in motion in the course of the match are staying in bio-secure bubbles and are stated to be secure. A Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation (TNCA) official has knowledgeable that there’s nothing to fret about because the gamers have been positioned in a bio-secure setting. He insisted that all the things is below management in the meanwhile.

“The three groups are secure and there’s nothing to fret about. The testing has been carried out on the employees and it isn’t obligatory that they’ve even come close to the gamers as a result of as you noticed in the course of the IPL as properly, the board could be very strict with bubbles, and the employees serving the gamers had already been examined earlier than the groups arrived and have stayed individually.

Even then, if one thing does come up later, we are going to act promptly. For now, all the things is below management,” the official stated. The groups are in Chennai for the Plate group matches whereas Bangalore, Kolkata, Vadodara, Indore, and Mumbai are the venues for the Elite group video games. The match will get underway on January 10 and mark the resumption of home cricket amid the pandemic. The Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the quarter-finals (Jan 26-27), semi-finals (Jan 29), and the ultimate (Jan 31).

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