Life finally returned to normal for the Pakistan cricket squad on Tuesday when they were released from a managed isolation facility in Christchurch, New Zealand. They are now free to resume their cricket activities too.
The 53-member cricket squad was in managed isolation, confined to their rooms for the last 14 days since arrival in New Zealand. The initially agreed exemption to train during isolation was also revoked by the NZ health authorities after 10 players tested positive in the first six days of testing.
“52 members of the squad will be released from the MIQ facilities in Christchurch today. One case will remain in the Christchurch quarantine facility until fully recovered. One person repeatedly tested negative and is being released from the Auckland quarantine facility today, where they had been transferred on arrival as a precaution,” said an official of New Zealand health ministry.
Members of the Pakistan squad are enjoying their time on the streets of Christchurch after spending a hard 14-day quarantine period.
The squad was cleared to leave the isolation earlier today after the Canterbury DHB medical officer of health was satisfied these people pose a very low risk to the community.
Pakistan squad will arrive in Queenstown later today where they will play intra-squad matches ahead of the three-T20I series against New Zealand.
Soon after the announcement, an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed from New Zealand that the team has left the quarantine facility to spend some time in the hotel before flying to Queenstown to play.
The officials confirmed that five members who tested positive have recovered, while four were confirmed as historic cases.