‘Sacred’ Sydney Test will go ahead as planned: NSW Health Minister

The upcoming Sydney Test in the Ashes series is “sacred” and will go ahead as planned, New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazard assured on Tuesday, compromising the health security of players amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state. will not be done.

The fourth Ashes Test is scheduled to begin on January 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

According to COVID-19 regulations in New South Wales, if someone is found to be close contact with a positive case, they are required to spend seven days in isolation.

More than 6000 cases were reported in NSW on Monday, which has seen a surge in infections.

However, Hazard assured that he would work with health officials so that the match went ahead as planned.

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“The SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) Test is sacred, an important date beginning in the third year of our lives,” Hazard said in a statement.

“I would like to reassure the cricket-loving public, under our rules any player who has come into contact with a known case of COVID-19 will only be asked to test and isolate until a negative result is obtained.

“If there is a case within the teams, their support staff or families, we will work with those involved to make sure they are safe, and that there is as little disruption as possible.”

The third Test in Melbourne was thrown into chaos on Monday after two members of England’s support staff and two members of their family tested positive for COVID-19 and were put into isolation.

However, members of the England team and management returned with negative results in rapid antigen tests and were allowed on the field as Australia won by an innings and 14 runs to claim the Ashes urn in record time.

Subsequent RT-PCR tests for the Australia and England teams also came back negative.

Australia have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series.

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