Vivo IPL 2021: With the fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is slated to kickstart from 09th April, 10 ground staff and six event managers of the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai have been tested covid-positive on Saturday.
All those infected with the highly infectious Covid-19 virus are sent into isolation and as per the report of ANI, IPL franchise training in Mumbai have been asked to follow the protocols more strictly than ever.
“Yes, it was 8 positive cases yesterday as far as ground-staff are concerned. Today two more positive cases have emerged and all 10 have been sent back home and are isolated,” a senior Mumbai CA official told PTI.
“We are bringing fresh ground-staff from the Mumbai CA ground in Kandivali for preparations. Also, 6 to 7 event management staff hired by BCCI have also tested positive,” he added.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have set up their respective bases in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Total 10 IPL 2021 games will be played at Wankhede Stadium from April 10 to April 25.
“Even if there is a lockdown, the teams are in bio-bubble and also it’s a closed-door event. So, we are still confident that IPL games in Mumbai will be held as per schedule. But, Hyderabad and Indore are there on standby in case the situation goes out of hand,” the office-bearer told PTI.
The covid-cases in India are in surge lately as the second wave has entered. As of now, 81,466 covid-positive cases have been recorded in the country in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry. Alone in Maharashtra, the covid-toll has touched 47,827 cases in the past day.
The Maharashtra government has imposed a strict night curfew in the state from 7 PM to 6 AM in the morning. Not more than 5 individuals are allowed to gather in a place, according to the new rules.