Cardiff and Munster isolated in South Africa due to Covid cases – .

Cardiff and Munster isolated in South Africa due to Covid cases – .

Cardiff’s hopes of leaving South Africa on Sunday are over after two positive cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in their team.

The club have confirmed that one of the cases is suspected to be the Omicron variant which triggered travel restrictions on flights between South Africa and the UK.

A statement from Cardiff said: “PCR tests carried out last night gave two positive results. “

However, Welsh rivals Scarlets are on the flight the two teams were to take.

Irish side Munster also has a positive Covid case and, like Cardiff, must remain isolated in South Africa.

Cardiff players and coaches have “returned to their hotel to isolate themselves”.

Their statement added: “Cardiff Rugby continues to work with the South African Rugby Union, Welsh Rugby Union and public health authorities both at home and abroad to decide on the next course of action.

“The club also continues to work with all relevant authorities to ensure the group of travelers return to Wales when safe and appropriate.

“All those affected by this very difficult situation wish to thank their families, friends, colleagues and the great family of rugby for their many messages of concern and their best wishes.

“No further comments will be made at this time. “

South African government guidelines say people who test positive for Covid must self-isolate for 14 days from the day symptoms develop, not the day they test positive.

There has been no confirmation that either or both of Cardiff’s cases are symptomatic.

Cardiff was in South Africa to play in the United Rugby Championship, but all tournament matches in the country this weekend and next weekend have been called off.

Meanwhile, Cardiff and Scarlets were trying to get home as soon as possible.

Cardiff said they had booked a charter flight on Sunday afternoon, but their departure was delayed for an undetermined period of time.

Scarlet declaredexternal link “The roving team and staff are currently flying from South Africa to Europe” and director and former chairman Ron Jones urged authorities “to get our people home to Wales and to safety”.

West Wales President Simon Muderack later told Scrum V that the planned plan involved a landing in Dublin followed by transfer to an “isolated” hotel in Belfast.

Muderack also said all players and staff had tested negative for Covid twice in the previous 48 hours.

Cardiff’s fate puts a question mark on their ability to host the French team Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday 11 December.

Current UK rules state that anyone arriving from six recently redlisted African countries must self-isolate in a hotel for 10 days.

South Africa is one of those six countries after the Omicron Covid-19 variant was detected there.

The Scarlets are set to travel to England’s Bristol side on Saturday 11 December, also in the Heineken Champions Cup.

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said from 12:00 GMT on Friday six countries would be on the red list for travel to England. This has now spread to 10 countries, which are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.

The Welsh government has since adopted these travel rulesexternal link who say any UK resident arriving from the 10 countries after 04:00 GMT Sunday must self-quarantine in a hotel.

Those who returned before this deadline were asked to self-isolate at their homes for 10 days.


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