In the latest development, two more members of the Pakistani contingent in New Zealand have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 10.
The two identified cases are being managed in an isolation facility in Christchurch and are deemed as historical.
“Two members of the Pakistan men’s cricket team we reported yesterday as under investigation tested positive at day 6 routine testing. These people are confirmed as having historical infections, and will be counted in our total as they have not been counted overseas,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
“The team is scheduled to have its routine day 9 tests today. Decisions around exemptions from managed isolation requirements which would allow the team to train are still under consideration,” the statement added
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering to cancel the four-day side match which is due to start on December 10, however, a final decision is yet to be made.
The 53-member Pakistani contingent arrived in New Zealand on November 24, and are observing a two-week mandatory quarantine. The tour will officially start on December 18 with the T20 series in Auckland.
New Zealand is among those few countries which have controlled the spread of the virus and the on-going series against West Indies is being played in front of crowds.