New Zealand’s Tim Seifert has become the sixth member of the Delhi Capitals team to test positive for Covid-19.
Seifert joins Australia’s Mitchell Marsh and four support staff members who contracted the virus, but Delhi’s IPL match against the Punjab Kings went ahead as scheduled at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.
The Delhi squad has taken daily Covid tests since physiotherapist Patrick Farhart contracted the virus last week and Marsh was admitted to hospital on Monday.
Skipper Rishabh Pant said the Covid cases were “an unfortunate thing, we are not going to think about”.
“We will find strength among ourselves,” he said after Delhi won the toss and elected to field first.
The venue of the ongoing match was moved from Pune to Mumbai and their next league fixture, which was to be held in Pune, against the Rajasthan Royals on Friday has been shifted to Wankhede Stadium.
The league matches in the 15th edition of the T20 tournament are being played across four venues in Mumbai and Pune, with 50%- capacity crowds allowed inside stadiums.
India has recorded a jump in the number of Covid cases in recent weeks but the spike is nowhere near the peak seen between March and May last year.
Thousands of Indians died of Covid every day in 2021, when the IPL began in India but was moved to the UAE.
On Tuesday, India’s health ministry reported about 2,000 new cases.
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