India in England - Covid-19

India in England – Covid-19


Bowling coach B Arun, Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran identified as his close contacts, and asked to quarantine in London for ten days

After Rishabh Pant, four more members of the Indian contingent in England have been forced to quarantine for 10 days in London. This follows one of the support staff – training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani – returning a positive Covid-19 test on July 14. Apart from Garani, those in quarantine include the bowling coach B Arun, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and reserve opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, who were identified as his close contacts.
The development comes as a big setback for India’s preparations for the five-Test series in England, which were already affected when Pant returned a positive test on July 8. In accordance with the protocols laid down by Public Health England, all those deemed to be in close contact with the person/s affected needed to be traced and isolated for ten days. It is believed that Arun, who is traveling with his family, Saha and Easwaran (both travelling alone), have all cleared the fresh round of tests conducted on Thursday.

A BCCI release on Thursday evening said that Pant has not been staying at the team hotel, which suggests he is unlikely to have affected any other India players, and that he is “on his way to recovery”. Pant will be able to join the rest of the India squad after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.

The same rule applies for the four others who are currently in quarantine.

The BCCI release also said “to mitigate any further risks”, the Indian contingent will be administered lateral flow tests every day.

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