English all-rounder Moeen Ali tests positive for coronavirus, to observe self-isolation for 10 days

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Moeen Ali has isolated herself for 10 days following the local Covid protocols.© AFP


English all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for the corona virus, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Monday. The all-rounder, part of the English Test squad that arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday, underwent an RT-PCR test along with the rest of the touring party, but was the only player to return positive. “After PCR tests performed upon arrival at Hambantota airport on Sunday, January 3, The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19,” the ECB said in a press release.

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The ECB said in its press release that Moeen Ali will now isolate herself for 10 days according to the Covid protocols drawn up by the Sri Lankan government. Aside from Ali, one more English player Chris Woakes is considered a possible close contact and will also observe self-isolation until further testing.

“Ali will now observe a 10-day self-isolation period, in accordance with the Sri Lankan government’s quarantine protocol,” the ECB said in its release.

Chris Woakes is considered a possible close contact, and he will observe a period of self-isolation and further testing, ”he added.

The rest of the English players and support staff will take a second PCR test on Tuesday morning. The visitors will start their training for the first time since their arrival in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

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“The touring group will be tested for PCR for the second time on Tuesday morning. In this phase the team will train for the first time on Wednesday,” the ECB said in its press release.

The first test of the two-match series starts on January 14, exactly 10 days from now, while the second test will be played from January 22-26.

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