England’s ODI series with Pakistan thrown into chaos after three positive Covid tests

Double jabbed Brits ‘can be treated differently’ in terms of self-isolation, says Sajid Javid

Britons who have been double jabbed ‘can be treated differently’ in terms of self-isolation, Sajid Javid said today.

The new Health Secretary suggested there could be new rules for fully vaccinated Britons come into contact with a person who has been infected with Covid. 

Currently, people are required to self-isolate for 10 days if they are deemed to be a ‘close contact’ with an infected case.

But, speaking to Good Morning Britain today, Mr Javid said: ‘The vaccines do mean we can take a more proportionate and balanced approach to the test and trace system.

‘And that does mean those who are double jabbed can be treated in a different way.’

However, the Health Secretary did not give any more details, saying he would make an announcement in Parliament later today.

Close contacts who have the NHS Test and Trace app are notified when they have been deemed a ‘close contact’ of someone who has tested positive for Covid.

For those who don’t the guidance involves anyone who lives with a person who has become infected with Covid, anyone who has had a face-to-face talk within a meter of a person who has been infected with Covid, or someone who has been within two metres of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. 

 

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England’s entire one-day cricket team has been forced to self-isolate after a Covid outbreak in the camp.

Three players and four management staff contracted the virus after a one-day match against Sri Lanka at Bristol on Sunday.

An investigation is now being launched amid claims that Covid protocols were breached in the lead up to the outbreak.

It comes as Sajid Javid today announced plans that could see an end to double jabbed Britons having to self-isolate. 

Yesterday Boris Johnson said the Government would relax almost all of England’s Covid rules on July 19 – dubbed ‘Freedom Day’.

But Mr Johnson suggested periods of self-isolation would have to continue beyond that date.

However, Health Secretary Mr Javid today said the rules could be relaxed for those who have been fully vaccinated, and vowed to reveal plans later today.   

The outbreak in the England squad means the whole 16-man squad and their management team, led by stand-in coach Paul Collingwood, will be forced to isolate for 10 days and will be out of the three-match one-day series against Pakistan, including a second game that is due to be staged in front of a full house at Lord’s on Saturday.

England had named an unchanged squad for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan from the one that defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 over the last few days. 

Captained by Eoin Morgan, it included experienced figures such as Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid.

Other players in the squad were Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone and David Willey.  All will now enter isolation. 

The first-choice players will almost certainly miss the three T20 games that follow too but coach Chris Silverwood, who was on his first break since becoming England supremo, will also rush back to take charge again now. 

It means Stokes will have to come to England’s rescue ahead of schedule following his return from a broken finger, with captain Morgan among those ruled out.  

England's white ball summer has been thrown into disarray after three players and four staff members tested positive for Covid-19

England's white ball summer has been thrown into disarray after three players and four staff members tested positive for Covid-19

England’s white ball summer has been thrown into disarray after three players and four staff members tested positive for Covid-19

It comes as Sajid Javid today announced plans that could see an end to double jabbed Britons having to self-isolate

It comes as Sajid Javid today announced plans that could see an end to double jabbed Britons having to self-isolate

It comes as Sajid Javid today announced plans that could see an end to double jabbed Britons having to self-isolate

IN FULL: ECB’s  statement on England team’s self-isolation 

‘Following PCR tests administered yesterday (Monday) in Bristol, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can confirm that seven members – three players and four management team members- of the England Men’s ODI party have tested positive for COVID-19.

‘In collaboration with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Bristol Local Health Authority, those impacted will now observe a period of self-isolation from July 4 following the UK Government’s protocol on quarantine.

‘The remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also isolate.

‘The ECB have confirmed the Royal London ODIs and the Vitality IT20s against Pakistan will go ahead. Ben Stokes will return to England duties and captain the squad – which will be named in the next few hours. 

‘Incoming squad and support team members will follow PCR tests and bridging protocols to ensure safe entry to camp. 

‘Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, commented: ‘We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of bio secure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak. 

‘We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions. 

‘Overnight we have worked swiftly to identify a new squad, and we are grateful to Ben Stokes who will return to England duties to Captain. 

‘We also recognise the impact this news will have on our First Class Counties and their Men’s playing squads and thank them, along with our partners Sky and Royal London, for their ongoing support in dealing with this pandemic.’

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Only on Monday Morgan said Stokes would not be rushed and was almost certainly out of the white-ball international summer, with England protecting him ahead of the marquee Test series against India next month. Now all that has changed. 

And a new 50-over team will be named on Tuesday, which could give opportunities to fringe players like Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett. 

But even though England need a whole new squad they are unlikely to go back to Alex Hales, whose exile is set to continue.

The incredible news broke today when England announced that the rules had been broken and Covid had found its way into the white-ball camp following their demolition of Sri Lanka in six low-key T20 and 50-over matches.

So the strict ECB bio-secure bubbles that were so rigidly observed last year and led to the salvation of the international programme have been breached this time in the most spectacular manner and the implications are huge for England cricket. 

But it is now back to the drawing board for the selectors as an entirely new squad is found for the Pakistan series. 

The Covid isolation in the England cricket squad came just a couple of weeks after Scotland footballer Billy Gilmour tested positive for the virus at the European Championship but the rest of their squad played on.

Gilmour, 20, picked up the virus after Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England at Wembley during the group stages.

England players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced into isolation because they’d been in close contact with Gilmour in the Wembley tunnel. 

Yet no Scottish player was identified as a close contact and so no isolation was required.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan pointed out the discrepancy in an Instagram video in the wake of the news today: ‘Can someone explain to me how Billy Gilmour tests positive and not one member of the Scotland team has to isolate. Three England cricketers test positive and the whole squad’s gone. Gone. How bizarre.’ 

The first ODI match is scheduled for Cardiff this Thursday with the tour then moving on to Lord’s on Saturday and Edgbaston next Tuesday.

Three T20 internationals are then scheduled on July 16, 18 and 20 at Trent Bridge, Headingley and Old Trafford respectively. 

The T20 matches form part of England’s vital preparation for the World Cup, which is set to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.  

England's Jason Roy, one member of the squad forced to isolate, had posted a picture of his vaccination certificate on Monday

England's Jason Roy, one member of the squad forced to isolate, had posted a picture of his vaccination certificate on Monday

England’s Jason Roy, one member of the squad forced to isolate, had posted a picture of his vaccination certificate on Monday

Pakistan's players are pictured in training ahead of their white ball tour of England this month

Pakistan's players are pictured in training ahead of their white ball tour of England this month

Pakistan’s players are pictured in training ahead of their white ball tour of England this month

England vs Pakistan fixtures 

ONE-DAY SERIES

Thursday – Match one (Cardiff)

Saturday – Match two (Lord’s)

July 13 – Match three (Edgbaston)

T20 SERIES

July 16 – Match one (Trent Bridge)

July 18 – Match two (Headingley)

July 20 – Match three (Old Trafford) 

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Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement: ‘We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of bio secure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak. 

‘We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions. 

‘Overnight we have worked swiftly to identify a new squad, and we are grateful to Ben Stokes who will return to England duties to Captain. 

‘We also recognise the impact this news will have on our First Class Counties and their Men’s playing squads and thank them, along with our partners Sky and Royal London, for their ongoing support in dealing with this pandemic.’ 

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