Mandeep Singh, the Indian hockey team forward has been admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru after his blood oxygen level dropped. The player had been tested positive for COVID19.
His condition is reportedly stable.
Mandeep and five other national players - captain Manpreet Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak - tested positive for COVID-19 last week after reaching Bengaluru for the national camp, which starts on August 20.
According to the official statement by Sports Authority of India (SAI), Mandeep's blood oxygen levels dropped below normal during the night monitoring of vitals on August 10. His condition indicated that he is moving from mild to moderate severity of COVID.
“SAI authorities on campus took an immediate decision to shift him to SS Sparsh multispeciality hospital as a precautionary measure. His condition is currently stable,” added the statement.
25-year-old Mandeep has played 129 games for India and scored 60 goals so far. He was a part of the gold-winning team at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.
According to SAI, the players probably contracted the disease while travelling to Bengaluru after a month-long break.
Their vitals are being checked four times everyday, the SAI stated.
More than 22 lakh people have been infected by the virus in India. The country has recorded over 45,000 deaths due to the dreaded infection so far.