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B.C reports 977 COVID-positive patients in hospital, 141 in critical care

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B.C. health officials report 977 people are in hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses and 141 are in ICU on Thursday, Jan.

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Women's World Cup cricket teams can use backroom staff as fielders in Covid outbreak - - New Zealand
Women's World Cup cricket teams can use backroom staff as fielders in Covid outbreak
Women's Cricket World Cup becomes its latest victim.Teams have been told that in the event of an outbreak, they'll be allowed to use backroom staff as fielders, providing they're female of course.According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), teams will be expected to fulfil their fixtures even if they have as little as nine fit players.The tournament, which is taking place in New Zealand, has some of the world's strictest Covid protocols.The eight teams involved have squads of 15 players, with a maximum of three travelling reserves.If a game is not played and cannot be rescheduled, it will be abandoned and the points shared.Given that all persons entering New Zealand must quarantine for a week in a hotel, there's little point in sending for reinforcements in the event of an outbreak.As such, the ICC have decided to allow staff members to get involved instead, potentially making for a bizarre spectacle - though teams do have the option of rejecting to play a match if they have fewer than 11 players available.Which Premier League team would benefit the most from fielding members of their backroom staff? Let us know in the comments section..."From a Covid perspective, we need to be a little bit flexible, as far as the way in which we manage the game to take into account these unique circumstances," said ICC head of events Chris Tetley."It's important that we do everything we can to try and maximise opportunities for the best players in the world to show their skills at a World Cup."The tournament on March 4 and will run for one month, with the final taking place on April 3.