England players began flying home on Tuesday after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended following an increase in coronavirus cases.
IPL players including Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and brothers Sam and Tom Curran have either already left or will do so on Wednesday.
Nobody connected to England is thought to have tested positive for Covid-19.
On Tuesday the IPL said it had “unanimously decided” to postpone the season after an emergency meeting.
It added: “The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL.
“This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind. These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times.
“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.”
Over the weekend, India recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began.
The country has recorded more than 20 million cases, and so far reported more than 222,000 deaths from the virus.
A Sunrisers Hyderabad player also tested positive before Tuesday’s match against Mumbai Indians.
Wednesday’s match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals had earlier been called off after Chennai bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji tested positive.
The IPL, taking place across six venues in India, is the richest franchise tournament in world cricket, with eight franchises representing different Indian cities in matches of 20 overs per side.
The Twenty20 tournament features global cricketing superstars purchased by the franchises at auction, including India icon Virat Kohli. Fourteen England players were signed up for the 2021 season, although injury had ruled out Jofra Archer.
Teams were staying within secure areas of hotels and resorts in the various cities and did not have contact with people outside the bubble.
ECB ‘in close contact’ with players
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has no plans to arrange a charter flight for the England contingent in India as it is the responsibility of the franchises to get the players and staff home.
When the players leave India, they will have to be tested before departure and upon arrival in the UK, and then quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.
Though none of those connected to England is believed to have tested positive for Covid-19, it is unknown whether any have been in close contact with those who have.
An ECB spokesperson said: “We are in close contact with our players and staff in India as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely.”
Cricket Australia said it was working with the BCCI to ensure the “safe accommodation and repatriation” of its players.
Last week, Australia banned all flights from India until 15 May and CA said it “will not seek exemptions”.
Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim, taken away by central security personnel this morning, alleged that he was being arrested in the Narada bribery case without proper sanction.
Central forces arrived at his home this morning and took him away.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had earlier sanctioned CBI investigations against Firhad Hakim along with three others, state minister Subrata Mukherjee and former ministers Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee.
The case involves a sting operation by Narada, in which Trinamool leaders were on camera accepting bribes.
In 2014, a journalist from Delhi came to Kolkata, posed as a businessman planning to invest in Bengal, gave wads of cash to seven Trinamool MPs, four ministers, one MLA and a police officer as bribe and taped the entire operation.
The so-called “Narada tapes” were released just before the 2016 assembly elections in the state.
Madan Mitra, a Trinamool MLA, was not named minister in the new Mamata Banerjee government, and Sovan Chatterjee left Trinamool in August 2019, joined the BJP but quit in March. He did not contest the recent polls.
World Telecommunication Day 2021: Read all about the day and its importance amid COVID-19
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is being observed today. The coronavirus pandemic has indeed highlighted the critical role of information and communication technologies more than ever. As the daily normal lives of people are hit by lockdowns and families are forced to stay at home, digital technology has become the only way to stay in touch with friends and family. World Telecommunication Day is celebrated annually on 17th May since 1969. On this day the International Telecommunication Union or ITU was founded and the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865, was signed.
The theme of World Temecommunication Day 2021 is: Accelerating digital transformation in challenging times. From children’s school education to adults’ working from home and important activities like banking and even just staying in touch with family, the role played by telecommunication has become crucial. ”The COVID-19 has also brought to the fore the startling digital inequalities between and within countries,” according to the International Telecommunication Union.
On World Telecommunication Day let’s take a look at the ITU’s call to action so that the digital divide can be bidged. The ITU, calls on ”to accelerate the digital transformation in challenging times. Here are the areas of focus: ”Continue leveraging telecommunications/ICTs by developing digital policies and strategies to adapt and respond timely and effectively to different challenges that may occur” and ”report national progress with special focus on the targets that particularly contribute to digital transformation in the framework of the Connect 2030 Agenda, by providing data and statistics, as appropriate…”.
9.16 am: The Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand opens for devotees.
9.12 am: The Delhi Police arrest businessman Navneet Kalra, who is accused of hoarding and black marketing oxygen concentrators.
9.06 am: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday shifted patients from Covid centres to government hospitals amid Cyclone Tauktae warning, The Indian Express reports.
More than 600 patients were shifted from three jumbo facilities till late Sunday evening.
8.48 am: Visuals from Sardar Patel Covid-19 Care Centre in Delhi.
8.46 am: The police say two persons were held for black marketing of oxy flow meters at Jodhpur’s Mathuradas Mathur Hospital, reports ANI.
8.44 am: Uttarakhand Health Secretary Amit Negi says that cases will be registered against hospital superintendents if death figures of coronavirus patients, who were treated at a Covid-19 hospital, are not provided to the state control room on the same day or if the data of the same is concealed, reports ANI.
8.28 am: The Telangana government announces suspending its coronavirus vaccine drive for individuals above 45 years of age who want to the second shot, reports News18. In an order, the government said there was not enough Covaxin shots and that the state government has not received fresh stock from the Union health ministry.
8.26 am: Virologist Shahid Jameel resigns as the chief of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium, a scientific advisory group that coordinates the country’s genome sequencing work. He has, however, not given a reason behind his resignation.
The Centre said that more than 1.84 crore doses of coronavirus vaccines were available with states and they will receive nearly 51 lakh more over the next three days. Meanwhile, the CoWIN portal used for online registration of coronavirus vaccines has been reconfigured to reflect the extension of interval for two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks, the Centre said on Sunday. It, however, added that the online appointments already booked for the second dose of Covishield will remain valid.
Bharat Biotech announced that its coronavirus vaccine Covaxin is effective against the mutant strains of the virus, including the ones first detected in the United Kingdom and India.