Archer prevented from joining England’s bio-secure bubble over coronavirus scare

England were put on red alert by the news that Jofra Archer has been prevented from joining their bio-secure bubble over coronavirus fears.

Despite testing negative for the virus in his most recent test done on Monday, he must await the results from another test to be done on Wednesday before he will be allowed to join the squad on Thursday.

Archer is not showing any symptoms of the virus, but a member of his household felt unwell over the weekend sparking worries and cranking extra testing protocols into gear.

Thankfully they too have tested negative for the virus suggesting their symptoms are for another illness, but in order for Archer to join the bubble at the Ageas Bowl he must have two negative test results without coming into contact with anyone displaying symptoms.

That has been the case for his team-mates who were all tested for a second time on arrival at the ground on Tuesday and will get their results on Wednesday.

The situation is far more concerning for Pakistan who are in a race to get as many healthy players from their squad into the UK as possible following the news that 10 out of 29 had tested positive for the virus.

Despite the results, the tour is still moving ahead with the 18 players and 11 support staff who have all tested negative gathering in a bio-secure environment in Lahore on Wednesday.

There will be another round of tests on Thursday with a charter flight to Manchester still scheduled for Sunday before the squad goes into quarantine in Worcester and then Derby where they can stay and train.

With only one of the players who has tested positive being considered a part of the red-ball squad, it is hoped that the white-ball players can join the tour at a later date once they have recovered.

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PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June.

“Fortunately, all the first-choice red-ball squad, barring Mohammad Rizwan, are negative, which means they can start training and practising immediately after they have been tested and given the all clear when they arrive in England.”

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