Kaizer Chiefs duo in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

Kaizer Chiefs says 70 people within the club underwent COVID-19 tests, with two returning positive results.

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Two Kaizer Chiefs players have tested positive for COVID-19, the club revealed on Tuesday.

The club has not named the two affected players, who are the first two publicised cases Naturena.

Kaizer Chiefs players test positive

According to a Chiefs statement, a total of 70 people within the camp were sent for tests in preparation for the restart of the 2019/20 season.

Despite no one in the group – which included players and officials – showing any COVID-19 symptoms, two returned positive tests.

“All the players and officials were given different timeslots and did not come into contact with each other,” the club said.

“The affected duo will be in self-isolation for the stipulated period of 14 days. They will be retested after the isolation period as required. If their tests come back negative, they will then be able to rejoin the team.

“Kaizer Chiefs’ medical team and management are working around the clock to provide the necessary support to the affected individuals and ensure they follow the guidelines.”

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Coronavirus hits the PSL

This takes the number of publicised cases in the PSL up to four.

The first known case was revealed when Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari – who has since recovered – was diagnosed with the virus in May.

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Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 football match between Chippa United and Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth on 01 February 2020 ©Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

On Monday, Bloemfontein Celtic also announced a positive case in their camp, in the form of midfielder Given Mashikinya after the club had sent players for tests on Friday, 19 June.

The PSL season has been suspended since mid-March and will remain so throughout the duration of Alert Level 3 lockdown.

When the hiatus came into effect, Chiefs were in pole position to claim their first league title in five years, with a four-point gap on defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

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