England allrounder Moeen Ali is isolating in Sri Lanka after testing positive for the coronavirus upon his arrival in the South Asian country for the team's two-Test cricket tour.
Pace bowler Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact of Ali and was also observing a period of self-isolation in developments which have cast an early shadow on the tour that takes place weeks after a white-ball trip to South Africa was derailed by a spate of positive COVID-19 results.
Ali is due out of isolation on January 13, the day before the first Test starts in Galle. Woakes is being advised to isolate for a minimum of seven days.
England's players were hosed down with disinfectant spray after disembarking their charter flight, before being kept in 48-hour solitary quarantine in a hotel.
They will undergo testing for a second time on Tuesday, with plans to begin training having been delayed until Wednesday at the earliest.
The 33-year-old Ali will be transported from the current team hotel to a private establishment in Galle from Tuesday. Being unable to take part in any training sessions until the day before the first test leaves the spinning allrounder as a major doubt to start.
Woakes has a better chance of building up to match fitness and will remain on site in Hambantota, where he will be monitored by medical staff.
The second Test starts January 22 and is also in Galle.
England captain Joe Root said before flying to Sri Lanka confirmed cases of the coronavirus would not be a threat to a series that has been rescheduled from March, when England left Sri Lanka following the initial outbreak of the virus.
"It's a really dangerous virus and wherever we will be, we will be in contact with it in some shape or form," Root said.
"If so, we have to manage it as best as possible. We're as best prepared as we can be for it and we're fully aware of what we're getting ourselves into. I don't think (a confirmed case) will end in an automatic end of the tour."
In the US, the Brooklyn Nets star announced star Kevin Durant will not play in Tuesday's matchup against the Utah Jazz.
He is out due to the NBA's coronavirus health and safety protocol.
In Turin, Italian soccer champions confirmed Brazil defender Alex Sandro has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed in isolation.
In England, Manchester City say four members of their women's soccer team tested positive for the virus.
The FA Women's Super League club did not identify the affected players but said they were self-isolating.
City's men team has also been hit by COVID, with six players missing from Sunday's 3-1 win at Chelsea.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced there will be another lockdown starting on Wednesday and lasting until at least mid-February.
But the government says elite sportspeople will be allowed to compete and train, meaning there will not be any suspension of the Premier League or England's other professional soccer leagues.