The BCCI 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 ODI series starting at Dharamsala 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 at Dharamsala.
"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.
"They have been informed about the Do’s and Don’ts of personal hygiene including but not limited to:
· 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.
The BCCI has also issued a mandate to the airlines, team hotels, State Associations and medical teams at venues about the thorough sanitization of all the facilities before and during team use, education of all staff members about the do’s and don’ts for prevention of COVID-19 transmission and continuous monitoring to ensure that the protocols are strictly followed.
To ensure the safety of the spectators, the State Associations along with the healthcare service providers/hospitals are ensuring that appropriate information, education and communication material in the form of posters/hoardings and public announcements regarding the precautions to be taken by everyone against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 are being provided.
All the public washrooms at the stadium will be stocked with hand wash liquids and sanitizers.
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 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 been given a list of Dos and Don'ts on personal hygiene and the list includes but is not limited to telling them to "avoid eating out at restaurants where hygiene standards are unknown or compromised."
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 BCCI said.