Friday, 10 April 2020 20:34

England Cricket Team had CoronaVirus in South Africa?

In my quest to show that we are in the second wave of Covid-19, I've found more anecdotal evidence. This time the English Cricket Team caught it in South Africa in December 2019.

My first story related to Covid-19 being in the UK in our autumn can be found here 

The English Cricket team were forced to reschedule a number of matches due to what is being describe as Flu Like Symptoms that were highly contagious. 6 players and 2 backroom staff had displayed symptoms by the 19th of December.  

According to an article in The Sun, symptoms included "The symptoms include a sore throat, cold, aching bodies and lack of energy. There have been no reports of other guests at the team hotel in Johannesburg or members of the opposition suffering similar sickness."

Does that sound familiar?

I don't want to act like the press and someone's medical issues are private, but it's worth remembering that Ben Stoakes's father Gerard Stokes was taken seriously ill in South Africa around the same time. I've tried searching but I can't find any information regarding his symptoms for being admitted to ICU. Is it possible that it was linked to Flu Like symptoms and possibly Covid19? Only Ben and his family can answer that. They've asked that people respect their privacy and that is fair enough. 

Again, something that hasn't happened in many years happens 2 months before a major outbreak of those symptoms and nobody is linking them?

Articles on this incident can be found below

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/50858291

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/south-vs-england-illness-second-test-latest-joe-root-chris-silverwood-archer-a9264816.html

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cricket-tests-zaf-eng-preview-woakes/woakes-the-latest-to-fall-victim-to-england-flu-bug-idUKKBN1YS147

and hundreds more on Google