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Eighth Covid-19 case detected in Pakistan touring party
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Eighth Covid-19 case detected in Pakistan touring party

An eighth member of Pakistan's touring contingent has become the latest person to test positive for Covid-19, the New Zealand health authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

Seven people have already tested positive for the novel coronavirus after Pakistan's 53-man tour party arrived in New Zealand last week.

The newest infectee is one of the three individuals under investigation since Tuesday with the status of the other two still to be ascertained in the near future.

"This person is a member of the Pakistan cricket squad and was one of the three cases reported as under investigation yesterday. They have now been confirmed to have an active COVID-19 infection. The two other cases remain under investigation," informed the New Zealand Health Ministry.

The department specified it would not be allowing the team to commence training activities unless they are sure practice sessions would not pose the threat of Covid-19 transmission.

Earlier, the director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield had issued Pakistan team a "final warning" for breaching coronavirus protocols at the hotel they are staying at.

As a result, the tourists' exemption to train while in managed isolation was also revoked. Subsequently, the health ministry praised the Pakistan team for 'significant improvement' in behaviour.

Two of the initial six cases reported last week were described as 'historical' and deemed not infectious. A seventh member then tested positive on Saturday whereas the rest of the players and support personnel tested negative.

"Off the eight positives, two have been deemed to be “historic” (not infectious) and, as such, they are now observing the isolation period on the same floor as the other members of the squad who have tested negative," the PCB said in a statement.

All players belonging to the support staff and the extended squad had tested negative before leaving Lahore for the New Zealand tour comprising of three T20Is and two Test matches.

The white-ball leg of the tour will begin on December 18 in Auckland while the Tests will start on December 26.

New Zealand has largely eliminated the spread of the virus in the country, recording just 1,704 infections and 25 fatalities.