• Doctor recommends isolation for Proteas

    Cricket South Africa’s chief medical officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra, has recommended the Proteas players who recently returned from India self-isolate for a minimum of two weeks.

    This month’s three-ODI tour of Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata was cancelled as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

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    ‘Some of the players wore masks while we were travelling. Others decided not to wear masks – that was up to them. We were pretty isolated during travel and largely immunised from the outside world,’ said Manjra.

    ‘We have looked at the recommendations made for different countries by the World Health Organisation and other authoritative bodies. We have since educated the players about the disease – what it is, what it means, what its symptoms are.

    ‘We have educated them on how to monitor themselves about temperature and the other symptoms that come with Covid-19. Our experts remain available to them, even after the tour.

    ‘We have recommended the players social distance themselves from others and self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. I think that is proper guidance to protect themselves, people around them, their families and their communities.

    ‘In that period, if any of them have symptoms or any other factors that is cause for concern, we will ensure this is investigated appropriately and managed accordingly with the protocols that are in place.’

    England batsman Alex Hales, meanwhile, has reported coronavirus symptoms after returning to England from Pakistan.

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