SL vs ENG Test Series: Covid scare for England again after hotel staff tests positive

SL vs ENG Test Series- Covid scare for England: Two staff members at the Lighthouse Hotel in Galle, where England are staying during their tour of Sri Lanka, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ECB confirmed reports of the positive tests but a spokesperson said the staff members have not been in contact with the England tour party and said they were “not concerned” at the results. The Daily Mirror reported that the Galle District Health Services Director’s office said that the two employees work in the hotel kitchen.

England’s limited overs series to South Africa last month was called off after a similar incident, when staff at the team hotel in Cape Town tested positive for coronavirus. For England’s players, that called into question the security of the bio-secure bubble and the ODI series was cancelled out of concerns for the well-being of the squad after a few days of uncertainty surrounding the fixtures.

On the surface, this appears to be a similar situation although it is different in one important respect. At least one of the affected individuals in South Africa had been in contact with England’s squad whereas that is not the case at the hotel in Galle. England have so far been very pleased with the COVID-19 protocols in place in Sri Lanka, which have been stricter than they were in South Africa.

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An ECB spokesperson said: “We are not concerned. Our protocols have been excellent and we continue to be vigilant. We are the most compliant team in world cricket. We are the only international team in any sport to have a COVID compliance officer. He is responsible for ensuring we meet the highest of standards across our COVID protocols.

“We remain vigilant and respectful of the Sri Lankan authorities and we will do everything that is possible to keep our players and the general population safe. We are being vigilant around our team base in Galle and at the stadium. The players respect social distancing, wear masks in indoor settings and at the hotel dine on individual tables.