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There was a minor scare at Galle, where the England team is playing the first Test against Sri Lanka, when on Friday two staff members of the hotel where the visiting team is staying, tested positive for Covid-19 and were hospitalised.


Epidemiologist Venura Singarachchi told AFP that the two kitchen staff at the Light House hotel in Galle were tested after they showed symptoms.


However, there is no threat to the series as of now as the visiting team confirmed that their bio-bubble security has been excellent.


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


He said players respected social distancing, wore masks in indoor settings at the hotel and where possible dined outdoors.


Reuben said Moeen was still isolating at a different hotel in Galle and would return to the team as soon as it was safe.


England all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive for Covid-19 on his arriving in Sri Lanka and is isolating in another hotel.


England arrived in Sri Lanka on January 3 and spent a week in isolation in the southern town of Hambantota before travelling to Galle.


They were allowed into the country despite a ban on flights from Britain in an effort to keep out a new, more contagious coronavirus variant.

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