Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Indian cricket board, has home quarantined after older brother Snehasish tested positive for COVID-19 late on Wednesday.
“The reports arrived late in the evening. As per health protocols, even Sourav will have to be in home quarantine for a stipulated period,” sources said. The brothers live in the same house.
Also in home quarantine is Avishek Dalmiya, president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), because he had come in contact with Snehasish Ganguly who is the association’s general secretary.
Dalmiya and Snehasish Ganguly had met last week when the Kolkata Police asked for space below a section of the galleries as a quarantine facility for its personnel testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
“Yes, I would be undergoing home quarantine as per required protocol, “ Dalmiya said on Thursday.
According to the report, former Bengal cricketer Snehasish Ganguly, 55, is in a city hospital from Wednesday night.
“He was suffering from fever for the last few days and his test report came positive today. He’s been admitted to Belle Vue Hospital,” a CAB official said.
“Other than having a mild temperature, he is all right at the moment,” said Dalmiya.
A report claims that Ganguly had celebrated his birthday on July 8 with all his family members. Now, he is expected to undergo isolation for 10-days.
The rumours of Snehashish contracting the virus had surfaced last month too but he denied being infected by the virus back then.
“I am perfectly healthy and am doing office every day. The news doing rounds about my illness is baseless and is not expected in these trying times,” Snehasish had said through a statement released by the CAB on 20 June. “Hope that after this, it will firmly put a lid on such untrue sensational news that are doing rounds.”
West Bengal presently has 32,838 confirmed coronaviruses, out of which 11,927 are still active. Recently, the Kolkata Police had also asked the Cricket Association of Bengal to set up a makeshift quarantine centre at Eden Gardens to tackle the rise of the virus in the state.