Ravi Shastri tests positive for Covid-19, placed in isolation along with other support staff

The BCCI medical team has placed Ravi Shastri, the Indian team’s head coach, in isolation in the team hotel “as a precautionary measure” after he returned a positive lateral flow (Covid-19) test on Saturday evening in London. Bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel have all been isolated in addition to Shastri.

“They have undergone RT-PCR testing and will remain in the team hotel and not travel with Indian staff pending confirmation from the medical team,” a BCCI statement stated on Sunday, less than half an hour before the fourth England vs India Test at The Oval got underway. Team India’s remaining members were subjected to two Lateral Flow Tests, one last night and the other this morning. The members were allowed to continue on Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval after receiving negative COVID reports.

Fortunately for the guests, none of the other members of the delegation had a positive response. Because they are Shastri’s close associates, the three support employees have been secluded.

If a positive RT-PCR test result is obtained, the individual must be separated for least 10 days, with close contacts being isolated for a comparable period, according to UK COVID-19 recommendations. In England, none of India’s members are in a bio-secure bubble. Furthermore, they had all attended Ravi Shastri’s book launch party in London prior to the start of the 4th Test and could have picked up the infection there.