• From gin to hand sanitiser for Warne

    Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is the co-owner of a gin distillery, which has started making hand sanitiser amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Australian prime minister Scott Morrison recently plead to companies to help implement preventative measures against the spread of the virus.

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    ‘This is a challenging time for Australians and we all need to do what we can to help our healthcare system combat this disease and save lives,’ Warne wrote on Instagram.

    “I am happy SevenZeroEight has the ability to make this shift and encourage others to do the same.”

    The company will supply the medical-grade sanitiser to Western Australian hospitals at no profit.

    The production of gin has halted in the meantime.

    Several global sporting events, including cricket’s Everest Premier League and bilateral tours, have been cancelled or postponed for similar reasons.

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

    ‘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 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.’

    The start of this year’s Indian Premier League has been postponed from 29 March to 15 April.

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