PBA player tests positive for COVID-19 in bubble

The PBA confirmed that a player tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the postponement of the game between Blackwater and Rain or Shine in the league bubble in Pampanga on Sunday, October 25.

The result was from the RT-PCR swab test taken by the Blackwater Elite and Alaska Aces last Thursday morning, October 22, a day after a referee tested positive.

"'Yung ating PBA player na may lumabas na positive result kagabi, na-isolate na," said COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon.

(The PBA player who returned with a positive result last night has been isolated.)

"We're asking the PBA to conduct an antigen and RT-PCR for the player who tested positive."

According to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, the Blackwater team and TNT, whom the Elite faced on Thursday, October 22 while waiting for their results to return, will be isolated.

"We're going to test the player today. The other players, we cannot test them right now with RT-PCR because it is too early. But we will test them using antigen in the coming days," said PBA medical consultant Dr Jose Raul Canlas.

The Manila Clasico between Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia, though, will push through on Sunday. (SCHEDULE: 2020 PBA Philippine Cup)

"We'll put Rain or Shine vs Blackwater on a different date. Most likely, it would be a triple-header," said deputy commissioner Eric Castro.

Dizon reported that the referee who was listed as a "suspect case" last Wednesday, was confirmed to be negative after initially testing positive.

"Kailangan intindihin natin walang perfect na test, pwedeng magkamali. Ang importante, meron tayong protocol para i-address ang situation na ganito," said Dizon.

(We need to understand that there is no perfect test and things can go wrong. What's important is that there are protocols to address situations like this.) – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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