Alex Hales issues an official health statement; confirms symptoms after arrival in England
Hales also urged the media to not spread the fake news in reply to a tweet on social media.
It has been all the confusion on social media in relation to the case of Alex Hales. Though Ramiz Raja announced earlier in the day that the England cricketer developed Coronavirus symptoms and is about to undergo testing, multiple news agencies soon reported that Hales had been confirmed positive. The cricketer himself has come out against positive testing and has now released an official statement about his health.
Hales reported he was ok when leaving Pakistan and left the PSL halfway to live with his family during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. He returned home on Saturday and became self-isolated the next day after developing a fever.
Additionally, Hales has also confirmed that he is suffering from a dry and recurrent cough and fears he may be exposed to Coronavirus tests later that day. “I felt I had to offer a complete explanation of my situation in the light of the speculation and gossip that is currently circulating throughout the cricket community and on social media.
“Like many other players abroad, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League early because, with COVID-19 hitting global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family, rather than facing a thousand-mile lockdown duration from home. In the early hours of Saturday morning I returned to the UK feeling completely fit and safe, and with absolutely no virus symptoms.
“Nevertheless, I woke up early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s self-isolation advice, a method that I’m obviously still following a dry and persistent cough.
It was not possible to be checked at this point but I am optimistic this will be the case later today so that I can get full assurance of my current state of health, “read the email.
Here’s the tweet:
An update on my situation, stay safe everyone pic.twitter.com/8mDPOBGmI8
— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) March 17, 2020
Alex Hales urges media not to spread fake news
Alex Hales had recently taken to Twitter to warn the media not to spread the false news after it was flooded with reports that he was being tested positive for Coronavirus. “Stop spreading fake news, risky behaviour,” tweeted the 31-year-old, before issuing an official statement.
With respect to his PSL 2020 tenure, Alex Hales represented Karachi Kings in the tournament, the squad that had qualified for the competition’s semi-finals. He scored 239 runs for his franchise in just five matches at a strike-rate of 156.21 and an average of nearly 60 before returning home.