Ashes’ second test hit by Covid chaos as two members of the media tested positive, forcing the BBC’s special match test off the air on day four.
- Two media members tested positive before the fourth day of the second ash test
- An individual was working with the British media on the audition in Adelaide
- The BBC’s comment box in the stadium has been cleared for Sunday’s play
- The BBC’s Test Match special stopped broadcasting on the fourth day
Ash’s second test hit another coronavirus scare after two members of the media tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday.
It is understood that the two people were working for separate broadcasters in the Adelaide Oval with one of the British media.
The BBC’s media box was seen empty on Sunday, along with Australia’s ABC commentary area, after positive diagnoses, meaning the former Test Match special was forced off the air due to positive cases.
News of the first positive test emerged ahead of the Day 4 play with the person in question who is understood to have interviewed England batsman David Malan on Saturday.
Two members of the media at the Ashes Test in Adelaide tested positive for Covid on Sunday
An individual interviewed the Englishman David Malan (above), who was not considered to be in close contact
Malan was not considered in close contact as the interview was conducted abroad, he was away from society and the person was wearing a mask.
A statement from Adelaide Oval read: ‘We have been notified that a member of the broadcast crew has returned a positive Covid result as part of a scheduled test.
SA Health understands and has begun tracing and notifying this person’s close contacts.
The BBC’s special test match, which led to Jonathan Agnew, was forced to stop broadcasting as the British broadcaster’s commentary area was cancelled.
“As per our advance planning, we are conducting a deep clean of relevant areas and are facilitating alternative facilities for the relevant officials as required.”
Reports of a second positive test from a person working on a separate part of the land were confirmed later in the day. Other members of the media were asked to undergo further examinations as a result of the two cases.
The developments occurred after Australia captain Pat Cummins was ruled out of the match ahead of Day One after he was deemed to have been in close contact with a coronavirus case.