Blackwater player yields negative COVID-19 results

No burst bubble.

The PBA reported that the Blackwater player who initially tested positive for the coronavirus yielded negative results in the confirmatory antigen and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests (RT-PCR).

His identity not disclosed, the Blackwater player underwent testing on Sunday, October 25, as the league decided to postpone their game against Rain or Shine on the same day.

"The PBA bubble remains intact and has not been breached," the league said in press release on Monday.

"Nevertheless, we urge all participants to be extra cautious and strictly follow the protocols set for them inside the bubble."

A positive test from a referee who called the game between Blackwater and Rain or Shine on October 20 prompted the PBA to test both teams.

The referee was eventually confirmed negative.

"As with the referee who has also tested negative both on RT-PCR and antigen, the player will have to remain in quarantine as a precautionary measure," the PBA said.

PBA action continues on Monday as Calvin Abueva plays his first game in more than a year as Phoenix takes on NLEX at 4 pm.

Undefeated TNT tangles with NorthPort in the second game at 6:45 pm. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.