New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert, who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ camp in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, has tested positive for the Coronavirus and will not fly back home with the other Kiwi players, support staff and commentators. Seifert failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and thus will go into quarantine.
It is being reported that Seifert is experiencing moderate symptoms. One of the two charter flights that will be taking back the Kiwi players has already left for New Zealand while the other one will leave this evening after being delayed due to logistical reasons.
All the players will follow several COVID-19 protocols such as pre-departure tests, social distancing etc during their journey back home. They will again be assessed on arrival in Auckland.
Seifert will undergo a period of isolation and after returning negative COVID result, he will fly back to New Zealand where he will again undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Seifert will now be transferred to Chennai where he will be treated in the same private hospital that’s looking after CSK batting coach Michael Hussey who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
“It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything for him that we can from this end, and hopefully he will be able to test negative and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he’s well again,” said White in an official statement.
“Since receiving the news, we’ve organised support for Tim and have also – via the players association, been in contact with his family to ensure they’re kept fully informed and updated on developments,” he added
The UK bound NZ players including the likes of Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, and physio Tommy Simsek have left for the Maldives.
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