Snooker players Daniel Wells and Gary Wilson have tested positive for Covid-19 at the BetVictor European Masters in Milton Keynes and have been withdrawn from the event.
Elliot Slessor and David Lilley came into contact with Wilson on Monday, while Michael White came into contact with Wells. Slessor, Lilley and White have also been withdrawn from the event by WST.
Both Wells and Wilson arrived at the venue on Monday and were tested. The positive results were received on Tuesday morning. All other players and officials tested at the event so far have had negative results.
The opponents of the five players to withdraw will receive a bye to the second round. Lilley would have played David Gilbert, Slessor would have faced James Cahill, Wells would have played Ronnie O’Sullivan, Wilson was due to meet Duane Jones and White was due to play Mark Selby.
Wells, Wilson, Slessor, Lilley and White will now undergo a period of self isolation and will receive the support of WST.
Since WST events restarted in June, strict Covid-19 regulations have been followed, under UK Government guidance.