Cardiff Rugby team unable to leave South Africa after suspected Omicron COVID case

Cardiff Rugby are unable to leave South Africa following two positive COVID cases – one of which is thought to be the new Omicron variant.

Cardiff Rugby team unable to leave South Africa after suspected Omicron COVID case
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The team are now isolating at their hotel.

“Cardiff Rugby have been unable to depart South Africa following two positive cases of Covid-19, one of which is suspected to be the new variant Omicron,” the team said in a statement.

“The travelling party had hoped to depart Cape Town this afternoon after a charter plane was secured, however PCR tests undertaken last night have returned two positive results.

“As a consequence of one of these results suspected of being Omicron, the entire travelling party have returned to their hotel to isolate.

“Cardiff Rugby continue to work with the South African Rugby Union, the Welsh Rugby Union and public health authorities both at home and abroad to decide the next course of action.

“The club are also continuing to work with all relevant authorities to secure the travelling party’s return to Wales when safe and appropriate.

“Everybody concerned in this highly challenging situation would like to thank their families, friends, colleagues and the wider rugby family for their many messages of concern and well wishes.”

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