New Zealand maintains Pakistan’s cricket training ban as Covid cases climb to 10

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New Zealand health officials refused to lift a ban on Pakistan’s coronavirus-hit cricket team training during quarantine on Friday after the touring party’s number of infections climbed to 10.

The team were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation on Tuesday.

However, health chiefs said the risk of further infections was too great.

Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for Covid-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch.