KKR’s Tim Seifert Misses Flight Back To New Zealand After Testing COVID Positive
New Delhi: New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert, who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for the Indian Premier League 2021 season, has tested positive for COVID-19, informed the New Zealand Cricket.
The New Zealand Cricket, in a statement said, “The wicketkeeper-batsman missed his charter flight back to New Zealand with all the other members of the New Zealand contingent.”
“Seifert, who represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, failed both his pre-departure PCR tests and as a result will be taken into quarantine. Immediate advice is that he is experiencing moderate symptoms,” the NZC statement said.
“Once Seifert has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation and has tested negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation,” it further added.
One of the two charter flights transporting New Zealand’s IPL contingent back home has already departed India, and the other will leave this evening (NZ time) after being delayed for logistical reasons.
All those on the flights have been, and will be, observing prescribed pre-departure and in-flight protocols, including COVID-19 tests, social distancing, mask wearing and best-practice hygiene, and will again be assessed on arrival in Auckland.
Once Seifert has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation and has tested negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will undergo the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation.
He is currently awaiting transfer to Chennai, where he will be treated in the same private hospital in which former Australia player Michael Hussey has been staying since testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
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