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England not worried about positive Covid-19 tests of staff members
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England not worried about positive Covid-19 tests of staff members

England's cricket board has claimed they are not concerned about the new Covid-19 infections among the hotel's staff members.

Two individuals belonging to the kitchen staff at the Light House Hotel in Galle have tested positive for coronavirus and were hospitalised.

There has been no history of any contact of the infected people with the visiting England players as the team management has expressed satisfaction in the stringent health and safety protocols being followed during the tour.

"Our protocols have been excellent and we continue to be vigilant," ECB spokesman Danny Reuben told AFP.

England are playing two Test matches against Sri Lanka in Galle while residing in a bio-secure bubble to ensure minimum exposure to the virus.

Despite the strict efforts, all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive after arriving in the island nation. Moeen is continuing to isolate at a different hotel in the city and would return to the squad as soon as it is deemed safe. He is thus expected to miss the second match as well after being ruled out of the series opener.

Reuben has stressed that players are respecting social distancing rules within indoor settings too.

The two-Test series between the two sides was originally supposed to be held in March last year but it was postponed midway through the tourists' practice match due to the onset of the pandemic.

England's contingent spent a week in isolation in Hambantota upon reaching Sri Lanka on January 3 before they travelled to Galle.

The encounters are being played behind closed doors as Sri Lanka has witnessed a recent surge in virus cases prompting the country's government to introduce firmer regulations to curb the spread.