New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson tests negative for coronavirus after being put under isolation

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After enduring a nervous few hours under isolation, New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson has been cleared to return home as his test results confirmed that he didn’t attract the dreaded coronavirus.

New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson was put under isolation after he complained of a sore throat (Reuters Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The WHO has already declared the novel Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic
  • Lockie Ferguson picked two wickets in the 1st ODI which Australia won by 71 runs
  • Earlier Kane Richardson was tested for coronavirus too but his results returned negative

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who had been put under isolation after complaining of sore throat, has returned a negative on his coronavirus test, in great news for Kiwi cricket fans worldwide. Ferguson will now head home to New Zealand as early as possible in order to avoid the fresh border restrictions placed by his country’s government on Friday.

Ferguson had been placed under isolation after complaining of a sore throat at the end of the 1st ODI against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

“In accordance with recommended health protocols, Lockie Ferguson has been placed in isolation at the team hotel for the next 24hrs after reporting a sore throat at the end of the first ODI,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesman said.

“Once the Test results are received and diagnosed, his return to the team can be determined.”

Earlier, Australian pacer Kane Richardson was cleared of coronavirus after his tests returned negative, Cricket Australia said.

The right-arm pacer, who returned with the Australian team from South Africa earlier this week, had informed the medical staff of a sore throat on Thursday and was then sent for a precautionary novel COVID-19 testing.

However, Richardson’s coronavirus test returned negative and he was on his way to the Sydney cricket ground where the first ODI against New Zealand is taking place.

At a time when the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has declared coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, sporting events throughout the world have suffered massively.

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