GladAfrica Championship campaigners Swallows FC and TS Galaxy became the latest PSL member clubs in the space of three days to confirm positive Covid-19 coronavirus cases in their camp.
Several PSL clubs across the premier and first division conducted mass testing over the past week in anticipation of the return to training.
Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs announced on Tuesday that two of their players’ results came back positive. The club did not name the affected pair. Chiefs said they had tested a total of 70 individuals at their camp.
Bloemfontein Celtic announced on Monday that midfielder Given Mashikinya had tested positive.
Stellenbosch FC issued an official statement on Tuesday that three of their staff members also returned positive results.
Galaxy too confirmed on Tuesday night that three of their players had tested positive for the virus.
“We ask that those who test positive are not stigmatised but supported,” pleaded Swallows owner David Mogashoa as he announced on Wednesday via the club’s official Twitter.
“Following a series of tests conducted on the entire squad, technical and management staff in preparation for the resumption of the season, the results of three players returned positive and were confirmed to the club on Tuesday,” Galaxy said in a statement.
The club, however, indicated that they were “pleased to confirm that all three players are asymptomatic and are currently in isolation, taking serious precautions on their journey to recovery”.
The aforementioned clubs said the affected players would be in self-isolation for the stipulated period of 14 days.
The players are set to be retested after the isolation period as required by the stringent Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
If their tests come back negative, they will then be able allowed to rejoin their teams.
The affected clubs have also given the assurance that they are “working around the clock to provide the necessary support” to the affected individuals and ensure that they follow the guidelines.