Downs issue update on 5 Covid cases

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed that they had five positive Covid-19 cases, though these have since recovered and returned to the team’s camp.

Sundowns have been in camp for two weeks in Rustenburg after the PSL issued clearance for their resumption under stringent health protocols.

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This was preceded by Covid-19 tests to ensure the virus is contained prior to players and staff assembling, with a view to eventually engaging in competition.

The club has since confirmed that five unnamed individuals, which included players and staff, tested positive but showed no symptoms.

Nevertheless, they were all required to go into 14 days of self-isolation, with re-tests having since confirmed their recovery and subsequent return to the camp.

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“Mamelodi Sundowns welcomed back five personnel [staff and players] who have fully recovered from Covid-19, having spent 14 days in isolation,” read a statement from the club.

“Following the PSL’s green light for clubs to train, Mamelodi Sundowns players, Technical Team and support staff went for their second Covid-19 test whilst the training grounds were fumigated and prepared for the team, the training programme was also revised in accordance with the new protocols.

“Before the team could resume training in Rustenburg, a 3rd test was conducted, and five cases of asymptomatic nature were detected and the five immediately self-isolated for fourteen days.

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“Amongst the five, players that who tested positive, had to undergo further medical tests, cardiology (ECG, heart sonar) and pulmonology (lung scans) which also revealed that there was no cause for concern to their cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

“With this good news, the five personnel have joined the rest of the team from Tuesday the 21st of July.

“The medical team has cleared the players for training and the spirit in the camp remains high as everyone is working hard in preparation for the remainder of the current league [season].”

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