Premiership Rugby to investigate on false positive tests

Bath had to close their training ground due to positive coronavirus tests
Bath had to close their training ground due to positive coronavirus tests
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Premiership Rugby has launched an investigation on the Covid-19 testing after a number of false positive result was reported.

Recently, Bath Rugby placed their players in isolation and closed their training ground after it was reported 19 members were tested positive but Premiership Rugby's testers Randox Health had admitted that there was just one positive case.

Overall, only two positive cases were present in the latest round of testing which had 989 tests conducted as against earlier reported number of 24.

A spokesperson of Randox apologised for the false positive results and admitted that human error contributed to it.

"As a result of routine risk analysis Randox discovered that in an isolated incident, operators failed to follow the established and robust procedures that Randox have in place for COVID 19 testing.

"Randox apologises for any inconvenience caused.

"We confirm there are two positive tests from 989 players and management in the PRL.

"Randox have introduced innovative robotic systems to ensure that this type of human error cannot reoccur."

Premiership Rugby's rugby director Phil Winstanley assured that the issue will be investigated thoroughly.

"This issue has created disruption at our clubs, and especially at Bath Rugby who had isolated a number of players and temporarily closed their training ground after receiving their results early on Tuesday morning," said Winstanley.

"The health and safety of everyone involved with Premiership Rugby is a priority for us so this matter will be thoroughly investigated."

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