Munster will have to remain in South Africa after it was confirmed that nine more squad members tested positive for Covid-19.
The nine new positive cases, which are a mix of players and support staff, will now move to a designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town, joining the other member of their party who tested positive this past Sunday.
The remaining 38 members of the group who returned negative PCR tests will now need to pass a further test before they are cleared to travel to Ireland.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the club said the touring party are continuing to isolate in individual rooms in their Cape Town hotel.
Munster’s latest round of PCR testing has identified nine positive cases. The group, including staff and players, will move to the designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town joining the first player who tested positive on Sunday.
The remaining party of 38 have all returned negative results and continue to individually isolate in their rooms where they have been based since Sunday night.
As outlined by the Irish government on Monday, those that have received negative results have clearance to travel from the South African authorities.
In taking every precaution the touring party have completed another round of PCR testing this morning, the third in less than 60 hours, and will wait on results ahead of next steps.
The ten members of the group who have tested positive will remain in Cape Town until the end of their isolation period. While the individuals were disappointed on receiving the news they are thankfully well and will continue to be monitored medically at this time.
We understand this is a challenging situation and would like to thank families, friends, colleagues and our rugby community for the many messages of best wishes.