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Another Pakistan squad member tests positive for coronavirus
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Another Pakistan squad member tests positive for coronavirus

One more member of the Pakistan cricket team has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the number of total infections in the touring party to seven.

Six individuals belonging to the Pakistan camp had tested positive for Covid-19 upon arriving in New Zealand earlier this week with two of the cases being deemed "historical" by the health authorities.

There was also evidence of bio-security breaches committed by the Pakistan players, prompting New Zealand's Ministry of Health to issue a "final warning" to the tourists.

This development resulted in the withdrawal of Pakistan players' exemption to train while PCB chief executive Wasim Khan reminded the players of the importance of following the Covid-19 protocols in order to avoid cancellation of the tour.

All of the remaining members of the Pakistan contingent, apart from the seven infected, tested negative in the Day 3 swab testing exercise.

"As per usual protocols, the latest case has been interviewed and close contacts, including flight contacts, have been, or are in the process of being, contacted," the health ministry said in a statement.

The team is currently staying at a managed isolation and quarantine [MIQ] facility to undergo its mandatory 14-day isolation period.

Having initially been allowed an exception to train, these privileges had been temporarily revoked and will continue to remain on hold until next week.

"Exemptions allowing people to train while in managed isolation are very difficult to obtain and any team that receives such an exemption is in a privileged position," the statement added.

The ministry additionally thanked the Pakistan team for their cooperation and compliance with the quarantine rules in place.

Pakistan are due to play three T20Is and two Test matches against New Zealand starting with the white-ball contests on December 18. Pakistan's 'A' side - the Shaheens squad - will be concurrently engaged in a series against New Zealand A and domestic teams.