Wellington:Three more members of the touring Pakistan cricket party in New Zealand have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number to 10.
According to news agency AAP 46 members of the Pakistan party were tested on Monday, with 7 others already testing positive.Health authorities said 42 returned negative, while three were under investigation "to determine whether they are historical cases" and one result was pending.
Pakistan are already on a "final warning" for breaching New Zealand's tight quarantine restrictions, with the growing number of coronavirus cases adding pressure to preparations for their opening match on December 18.
Earlier, New Zealand's director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield had slammed Pakistan for not sticking to quarantine protocols.
"Rather than being in their own rooms, which is a requirement for the first three days, there was some mingling in the hallways, chatting, sharing food and not wearing masks," Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the country's director-general of health, had told RNZ, New Zealand's public-service radio broadcaster.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan had told their players through an audio message on WhatsApp that they'll be sent back home if they breach rules one more time.(UNI)