The Board of Control for Cricket in India medical team on Wednesday told India players to avoid eating out and mingling with fans seeking selfies in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak when they take on South Africa in an One-Day International series starting in Dharmasala on Thursday.

The reported number of positive cases for COVID-19 in India stands at 60 and the BCCI’s medical team held a briefing for the Indian side ahead of the first ODI against South Africa.

“The BCCI medical team has been monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. All the players, team support staff, State Associations have been briefed about the standard guidelines issued by WHO as well as the Ministry of Health & Welfare – Government of India,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The guidelines are expected to be followed at the upcoming IPL, starting March 29. The coronavirus outbreak has far led to the postponement of the shooting World Cup and the Indian Open golf tournament in India.

The players have also been told to avoid close contact and interaction with individuals outside the team environment (to avoid cross-infection from unknown individuals). The guidelines also tell the players to avoid handshakes and handling unknown phones for selfies.

“The BCCI has also asked the airlines, team hotels, state associations and medical teams to sanitise facilities before and during team use. All the public washrooms at the stadium will be stocked with hand wash liquids and sanitisers. The medical staff and first aiders at the stadiums will be keeping a record of all patients seeking treatment and follow up as may be necessary,” the statement read.

The players have been given a list of Dos and Don’ts on personal hygiene:

  • Washing hands with soap & water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Use of hand sanitizers  
  • Covering mouth while sneezing or coughing
  • Reporting to the medical team immediately in case of fever, cough or any illness
  • Avoid touching face, mouth, nose and eyes before thoroughly washing hands  
  • Avoid eating out at restaurants where hygiene standards are unknown or compromised  
  • Avoid close contact & interaction with individuals outside the team environment (to avoid cross-infection from unknown individuals). Includes avoiding handshake, handling unknown phones for selfies.