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Monday's Indian Premier League match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been postponed after two positive Covid-19 tests.

The Knight Riders pair Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive with the IPL's bio-secure bubble breached for the first time since the season started on April 9.

It comes as the virus takes an ever-greater grip on India with 3,689 deaths reported on Sunday and 392,488 new cases to take the total number to 19.56 million.

Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Varun Chakravarthy is one of two of their player to have tested positive for Covid-19 - forcing the postponement of Monday's match

Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Varun Chakravarthy is one of two of their player to have tested positive for Covid-19 - forcing the postponement of Monday's match

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The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen exponentially in recent weeks to almost 400,000 new cases per day as of Sunday and almost 20m confirmed cases overall

The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen exponentially in recent weeks to almost 400,000 new cases per day as of Sunday and almost 20m confirmed cases overall 

The death toll in India has risen sharply since February, with the country's morgues and crematoriums struggling to cope

The death toll in India has risen sharply since February, with the country's morgues and crematoriums struggling to cope

So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people in the country although experts believe the actual numbers of both cases and deaths are likely to be considerably higher.

Yet despite the immense strain on the country's health service and risk of infection, the IPL has continued in recent weeks.

It is believed Indian spinner Chakravarthy recently left the IPL bio-bubble to have a scan on a shoulder problem and that may be where he was exposed to the virus.

It was also reported that Indian bowler Warrier also left the bubble for injury scans.

The remainder of the Knight Riders squad, which includes England white ball captain Eoin Morgan, tested negative for Covid and are in isolation.

Authorities reported 392,488 new cases on Sunday - a marginal dip from a high of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours - to push total cases to 19.56 million. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

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Authorities reported 392,488 new cases on Sunday - a marginal dip from a high of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours - to push total cases to 19.56 million. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people, although experts believe the actual numbers of both cases and deaths are likely considerably higher. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people, although experts believe the actual numbers of both cases and deaths are likely considerably higher. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

A statement issued by the IPL read: 'Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19. 

'Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. 

'Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest.

'The Medical Team is also determining the close and casual contacts of the two positive cases during the 48 hours prior to collection of the sample that returned the positive test results.

'The BCCI and the Kolkata Knight Riders prioritise the health and safety of everyone involved and all measures are being taken in that endeavour.'  

India's coronavirus crisis has hit a grim new record, with 3,689 deaths recorded on Sunday - the highest 24-hour rise since the pandemic began. Pictured: A crematorium in New Delhi

India's coronavirus crisis has hit a grim new record, with

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