August 13, 2022

India tour to South Africa: Players can isolate themselves at hotel if they contract COVID


Anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 while touring India to South Africa will not need to leave the bubble and can isolate themselves in their room on their own as long as they are clinically stable, said Cricket South Africa’s chief medical officer, Shuaib Manjra, under the standards. for the Bio-secure Environment (BSI) set up by the Proteas Council. (More news on cricket)

Immediate contacts of anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will also not need to self-isolate. India are set to play three tests and three ODIs against South Africa from December 26. Members of the Indian team are expected to arrive in Johannesburg later this week. The biobubble plan was executed with the coordination of the CSA and the BCCI.

“Considering that all members of the ecosystem will be vaccinated, the positive case will isolate itself in the hotel room if it is clinically stable,” said Manjra. “Contacts will continue to play and train with non-medical procedures strictly observed and tested daily.”

With the emergence of Omicron, the latest variant of Covid-19 in the country, and its rapid rise around the world, the CSA has changed its bio-bubble plans. “While at the end of the third wave, we considered moving from a strict BSE to a managed environment, the Omicron variant and the high levels of community transmission forced strict BSE,” Manjra said.

With the Omicron seriously affecting several sporting events in the African region, India’s tour of South Africa was uncertain, but BCCI and CSA decided to continue the tour after a schedule reshuffle. India were also scheduled to play four T20 internationals outside of testing and ODI.

Stage T20 has been removed from the tour and will be performed at a later date which has yet to be announced by the CSA. Previously, the India-South Africa tour was scheduled to start on December 17th. Meanwhile, Manjra seemed optimistic about the fans entering the stadium.

“According to government regulations, only 2,000 fans are currently allowed,” he said. The four-day matches between India A and South Africa A were played entirely behind closed doors in Bloemfontein. South Africa is currently at Level 1 as long as Covid-19 restrictions are taken into account.

Currently, the borders are open, curfew from midnight to 4 a.m., wearing a compulsory mask and indoor and outdoor gatherings limited to 750 or 2000 people respectively. However, the restrictions are expected to be tightened during the holiday season which begins Thursday and will last until after New Year’s Day.

An announcement from the National Coronavirus Command Council is expected soon.