Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi athlete tests positive for COVID-19 on arrival

An unnamed NZ athlete has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in England for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

NZ chef de mission Nigel Avery says the athlete is on their second day of isolation and is asymptomatic, but there's no confirmation whether they'll be able to compete. The athlete is currently staying at the designated isolation hotel.

"The CT score was deemed not high enough to release them into general population," Avery said. "They're being very well supported by the NZ medical team - they're doing a great job.

"I've spoken to this athlete twice now and had a few jokes. I think he's run through the whole catalogue of Netflix.

"We've just got to work through the process and follow it step by step."

Avery understands the total number of positive tests through the Games arrival centre is "fairly limited".

All members of the NZ team were tested 14 days out from departure, then again 72 hours before arriving at Birmingham, before undergoing a final test as part of the 'welcome' process.

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