Chennai’s Leela Palace lodge in MRC Nagar grew to become a COVID-19 hotspot on Monday after 20 workers of the lodge examined positive.
Confirming the identical, an official from the Chennai Corporation mentioned, “A total of 326 samples were tested, of which 20 came out positive. All events have been suspended at the hotel for a week and disinfection work was carried out. All employees and other contacts have been quarantined.”
“All the 20 are employees of the hotel including chefs, securitymen and laundry staff. The first case was detected on December 31,” added the official.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) are hold an in depth watch on the developments at Leela Palace as three of the home cricket groups – Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya – are presently staying on the lodge in a bio-secure bubble for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
Including gamers, assist employees, match officers and the scorers, 80 people are presently quarantining within the lodge after arriving within the metropolis on Jnauary 2 for the competitors beginning January 10.
All of them underwent the primary rounds of COVID-19 testing and the outcomes got here again destructive. A second spherical of testing was performed on Monday night, the outcomes of which will probably be identified on Tuesday.
The panic set in amongst the gamers and the assist employees after the information broke out, however the BCCI knowledgeable them not to do in order all of the lodge employees was below quarantine since December 25 earlier than getting into the bio-bubble.
The employees serving the gamers have all returned destructive after the second spherical of testing and as per BCCI’s medical workforce, none of these employees members got here in direct contact with those, who examined positive.
Speaking to The New Indian Express in regards to the restriction on the motion of the gamers, an official mentioned, “Their floors are not open for the public. So far there hasn’t been any breach. Since the hotel staff have tested positive, we are just being extra cautious.”
The BCCI is leaving no stone unturned so far as the security and safety of the gamers is anxious, guaranteeing there is not any breach of the bubble. The kitchens, cooks for the groups are separate, a health care provider and two different members of medical employees are current to conduct the COVID exams, and if want be video footage will even be checked to guarantee there was no direct contact of gamers with any of those that examined positive.
The SMAT T20 will begin from Jnauary 10 and can go on until January 31 in six totally different bio-secure bubbles.
(With inputs from The New Indian Express)