The match of Super Rugby Unlocked between Lions and Cheetahs that was programmed for this Saturday in the Ellis park from Johannesburg was suspended due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in Lions. The decision was made by the precautions recommended by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases of South Africa for limit higher risk in the community.
The decision was made Saturday morning after receiving the results of a second batch of swabs in the players and staff that showed 2 positive cases. This test was carried out since at the beginning of the week another 4 positive tests had been presented. Players who tested positive are isolated and quarantined according to the guidelines of the South African Ministry of Health. As reported from the club, the players are in good condition and are supervised by team doctors. In case the match cannot be rescheduled, each team will be awarded 2 points as if they had tied.
“Containing the spread of the disease is a national imperative and this first impact on the rugby calendar is a stark reminder of how vigilant our community must be and how rigorous we must be in following the rules,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of Rugby SA . “Safety first. It is a reminder to our teams and players of the role that they will play their actions to avoid the risk of further cancellations. Despite having followed the warnings and plans that were approved by the Department of Sports, Art and Culture, we will take this opportunity to review them and strengthen them if necessary ”.