Sydney Uni players back at "full health" after positive coronavirus tests

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by Beth Newman

Two Sydney Uni players who tested positive for coronavirus are now "at full health", the club announced on Sunday.

One player, who featured in the Australian Club Championship a fortnight ago, was confirmed as a coronavirus case in the days after showing symptoms for the first time the day after the game.

In the aftermath of that discovery, it was revealed that more than 140 people would need to self-isolate after attending a post-match function with the player on Saturday March 15.

Of that number, one other player tested positive for the virus later that week but no other positive tests have been recorded.

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Sunday was the end of the 14-day self-isolation period for those event attendees, a number that included Sydney Uni's opponents the University of Queensland, who had returned home to Brisbane.

Sydney University Rugby club confirmed on Sunday afternoon that no further positive cases had been recorded and that both the affected players had now fully recovered from the virus.

The news will be welcome for many, after various events across the country in recent weeks had resulted in "super spreading" of the virus.

In a statement on Sunday, the club reminded everyone involved to remain vigilant despite end of the self-isolation period.

"Today marks the 15th day after the Australian Club Championship, when players and supporters came in close contact with a member of our playing group, 24 hours prior to him becoming symptomatic with what was later confirmed to be COVID-19," the statement read.

"SUFC wishes to advise our community that approximately 140 players, volunteers, supporters and staff were advised by NSW Health to enter self-quarantine, with only one person subsequently testing positive to COVID-19.

"We are pleased to advise both players are now at full health.

"This experience brought great camaraderie from all parts of our community and SUFC wishes to thank all affected by this for their understanding and positivity.

"We ask all to remain vigilant concerning COVID-19 prevention and if symptoms arise, please self-isolate and seek medical advice immediately."