Addressing the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has reportedly issued an advisory for IPL franchises during the ongoing 2023 season. The board wants teams to take extra care of the players and staff members and take extra precautions as well. 

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In recent news, India saw 5,300 new COVID cases in the past 24 hours, and the situation could get worse if required are not taken. The advisory stated that there isn’t an immediate threat from the virus but teams are required to take all required steps to reduce the spread of COVID over the duration of the tournament. 

"BCCI has asked everyone to be more alert and cautious to curtail COVID in the IPL. We know cases are rising, but there is nothing to worry about; we have directed players and support staff to follow COVID guidelines," the source was quoted as saying by IndiaToday.

"Health and safety of players are paramount for us. What so ever will be the guidelines from the government will follow. Our team is monitoring the situation, and we are keeping track; as far as COVID is concerned, there is nothing to worry about," the source reportedly further added.

The IPL 2023 already saw its first COVID-19 case as former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra tested positive for the virus on April 4. Chopra has been part of the Jio Cinema broadcast team for the marquee T20 tournament. After testing positive, Delhi and Rajasthan batter is set to miss a few IPL games. 

Aakash Chopra confirmed this update through social media where posted that he has tested positive for the virus but has mild symptoms. Further, Chopra expressed that he will be coming back to his commentating duties over the next few days. 

The post said, “Caught and Bowled Covid. Yups…the C Virus has struck again. Really mild symptoms…all under control. Will be away from the commentary duties for a few days…hoping to come back stronger.”

Check out the tweet here: