Premiership Rugby Covid testers Randox admit HUGE blunder after Bath forced to close training ground

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Premiership Rugby Covid testers Randox admit HUGE blunder after forcing Bath to close their training ground due to coronavirus outbreak – only for there to be just TWO positives out of 989 tests across entire league

  • Randox Health initially reported Bath had suffered a significant number of cases
  • The club was forced to close their training ground and forced into self-isolation 
  • Further analysis has however revealed that Randox made an operator error 
  • Only two of the 989 players and management in the league tested positive

Premiership Rugby’s covid testers made an embarrassing apology after a blunder resulted in Bath’s training ground being closed down.

The league’s testing partners, Randox Health, reported on Tuesday that Bath has suffered a significant number of cases and the club was forced into mass self-isolation.

Director of rugby Stuart Hooper described it as ‘an anxious time’, before further analysis revealed that Randox, who have a deal worth around £100,000 a week, had made an ‘operator error’.

Premiership Rugby's covid testers made an embarrassing apology after a blunder resulted in Bath's training ground being closed down

Premiership Rugby’s covid testers made an embarrassing apology after a blunder resulted in Bath’s training ground being closed down

Randox Health, reported that Bath had a significant number of cases and should self-isolate

Randox Health, reported that Bath had a significant number of cases and should self-isolate

Updated results showed that were only two positive tests from 989 players and management throughout the league, meaning Bath’s training centre could reopen.

A Randox spokesperson said: ‘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.’

Stuart Hooper described it as 'an anxious time' but Randox have admitted an operator error

Stuart Hooper described it as ‘an anxious time’ but Randox have admitted an operator error

Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby, confirmed that the blunder was being investigated.

He said: 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.

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

Updated results showed that were only two positive tests from 989 people in the league

Updated results showed that were only two positive tests from 989 people in the league

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