WELLINGTON: Closed-circuit television footage showed some members of the Pakistan squad had contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said the infractions of isolation rules occurred “despite clear, consistent and detailed communication of expected behaviors while in the facility.”
“The team as a whole has been issued with a final warning,” the ministry said in a statement.
New Zealand Cricket said while the positive cases were disappointing, their early discovery showed New Zealand government protocols around touring teams are working.
As for the protocol breach, New Zealand Cricket said it will work more closely with the Pakistan squad to ensure it understands and complies with isolation rules. No members of the public were endangered, it said.
New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said breaches of managed isolation rules were taken very seriously.
“It is a privilege to come to New Zealand to play sport,” he said. “But in return teams must stick to the rules that are designed to keep COVID-19 out of our communities and keep our staff safe.”
It is pertinent that six Pakistani players tested positive for the coronavirus today.