Coronavirus:On return from India,South Africa players in self quarantine

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Taking health precautions seriously for themselves and the ones who are dear to them, the South Africa Cricketers who were on tour to India for the cricket series that is now aborted one, have self-quarantined themselves upon their arrival back home from India.

As per reports in media, the members of the South Africa side have been asked to undergo 14-day period of self-isolation and social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The players arrived back in South Africa on Wednesday 10 days after departing on a tour during which they played no cricket. The first of three scheduled one-day internationals was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain and the remaining two were cancelled.

“CSA had engaged in a risk assessment before the tour,” Dr Shuaib Manjra, Cricket South Africa’s medical officer was quoted by agencies. “We deemed the risk to be very low. While on tour the world became a different place and we had to take cognisance of the fact that there was a change in the global environment.”

He said the risks were re-assessed, especially the possibility of borders being closed. “Ultimately the players’ frame of mind was the determining factor,” he said, adding the players had been concerned about their families and what was happening in South Africa.

Dr Manjra was further quoted that team had effectively been in isolation in India and had travelled on chartered flights and coaches in a sanitised environment.

But he said it had been decided to follow expert guidance on prevention of the spread of the virus.

“We’ve educated the players about the disease,” he said. “We’ve recommended that all players self-isolate and social-distance themselves for a minimum of 14 days to protect people around them and their communities.”