CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Georgia nationwide rugby coach has “critical lung injury” from COVID-19 and has been placed on a ventilator within the hospital in South Africa, Georgia rugby officers mentioned Saturday.
Levan Maisashvili was one in all six members of the Georgian touring get together to check optimistic for the virus after enjoying towards South Africa on July 2 in Pretoria as a part of a collection organized to assist the world champion Springboks put together for the British and Irish Lions tour.
The 5 others to check optimistic have been all gamers. They have been recovering, the Georgia Rugby Union mentioned, and have been as a consequence of depart South Africa on Sunday.
Maisashvili had not been vaccinated towards COVID-19, Georgia workforce spokeswoman Tatia Beriashvili wrote in an electronic mail to The Related Press, regardless of members of each the South Africa and the British and Irish Lions squads and their backroom staffs receiving vaccinations forward of their collection.
Beriashvili confirmed Maisashvili was on a ventilator.
“All the things is being achieved to enhance Levan Maisashvili’s situation,” the Georgia Rugby Union mentioned. “He has been moved to one in all South Africa’s top-level clinics, which is provided with probably the most up-to-date medical tools to handle COVID sufferers.”
Maisashvili’s sickness underlined the hazards of the choice by each South Africa and the Lions to go forward with the tour whereas the nation experiences a winter wave of virus circumstances.
The present wave in South Africa is its worst of the whole pandemic, with infections and deaths each spiking, particularly within the Johannesburg area the place the Georgia squad was primarily based.
Though it’s not clear when and the place Maisashvili was contaminated, Georgia introduced it had six circumstances in its squad days after enjoying South Africa, which had already reported circumstances in its squad forward of the sport. The outbreak finally brought about the cancellation of a deliberate second take a look at between the groups.
South Africa’s squad has had greater than a dozen gamers and backroom workers take a look at optimistic for the virus since they began getting ready late final month. The British and Irish Lions have additionally had optimistic virus checks of their group.
The Lions tour was anticipated to be postponed or moved to a different nation due to the specter of the virus in South Africa, which is Africa’s worst-affected nation and has desperately low ranges of vaccination.
South Africa’s rugby physique and the Lions nonetheless determined to go forward, figuring out the nation was anticipated to expertise a surge in infections whereas the tour was on.
AP Sports activities Author Ken Maguire in La Rochelle, France contributed to this story.
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