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GLASGOW – Final preparations for the first netball Test between World No. 13 Barbados and World No. 8 Scotland Thistles, starting at 2:30 p.m. (East Caribbean Time) today at the Emirates Arena, were disrupted after a COVID-19 scare over the past two days threatened to scuttle the entire tour.

The Bajans Gems arrived in the Scottish capital last Thursday via Heathrow Airport in England and are using the matches against the Thistles to enhance their rankings points and try to guarantee a place at the Commonwealth Games next year in Birmingham, England.

The team, however, received the shocking news of a COVID-19 warning from the local health authorities following a series of vibrant training sessions on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Apparently, three non-Barbadian passengers on the flight from Grantley Adams International Airport into Heathrow tested positive for the viral illness and the touring team was directed to book tests for Tuesday and remain in isolation.

The entire squad was forced to walk a chilly three miles to the Springfield Quay Glasgow Mobile Unit to get COVID-19 tests done on Tuesday morning. (KB)

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