Concerns For Cardiff Players In South Africa After Reports Of Panic Attacks

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Concerns are growing for the safety of Cardiff players and officials stuck in South Africa, with reports that some are having panic attacks as they wait to learn when they will be able to fly home and begin their mandatory 10-day isolation period ahead of next week’s European home opener against Toulouse.

Two Cardiff party members have tested positive for Covid, with one case suspected to be the Omicron form, and preparations to fly the remainder of the squad home are still pending the results of the newest round of tests. Cardiff was scheduled to leave Cape Town on Sunday, but they are currently under lockdown and unable to leave their hotel rooms.

The Welsh government has also not approved a request to allow the players to quarantine in a hotel in Wales which had agreed to accommodate the Scarlets, currently holed up in Belfast having flown back from South Africa, and Cardiff simultaneously. “Those laws are things that everybody needs to abide by and there will be no exceptions to that,” said Eluned Morgan, Wales’s minister for Health and Social Services.

“Obviously we are interested in bringing our boys home. But they will have to come home in the same way that everybody else in this country would be expected to come home.”

source : Guardian sport

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