IPL 2021: Coronavirus worries mount, two ground staff and plumber test positive at Wankhede

The coronavirus situation worsened in Mumbai as two more groundstaff and plumber tested positive as the IPL 2021 neared a start.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials have been asked to carry a negative COVID-19 test report if they want to attend the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the Wankhede Stadium.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to create havoc in the build-up to IPL 2021. After eight ground staff at the Wankhede stadium tested positive a few days back, worrying news had emerged. According to a report in ANI, two ground staff and a plumber have also tested positive for COVID-19. Mumbai and Maharashtra are once again facing the brunt of the coronavirus situation. India recorded 96000 cases on Monday, having earlier crossed 100,000 cases for the first time on Sunday.

Speaking to ANI, an MCA official said all the infected personnel will stay in a club house inside the Wankhede Stadium. All the ground staff will stay there till the Mumbai leg is over in order to conduct the IPL 2021 smoothly. Following the latest outbreak, one of the franchises that are based in Mumbai said there has to be stricter enforcement of the bio-bubble protocol if IPL 2021 has to be conducted safely. 

Situation getting worse

Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal and Axar Patel have tested positive for the coronavirus. The situation in Mumbai, as well as in other parts of India continue to be grim. Maharashtra has imposed weekend lockdown and there is a night curfew on weekdays from 8 PM to 7 AM. Rajasthan, Delhi and Gujarat have also imposed night curfews. Tamil Nadu has extended the lockdown until the end of April. There are reports that after the end of voting, Tamil Nadu might go into lockdown. Apart from the players and ground staff, 14 members of the TV broadcasting team have also tested positive for the coronavirus. 

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said the IPL will go on as per schedule. The Maharashtra Government has also given teams the permission to practice after 8 PM. 

Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium will host games from April 10 to April 24. The first game will be played on April 10 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. 

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