PSL suspends “shaking of hands” amidst fears of coronavirus in SA

PSL suspends “shaking of hands” amidst fears of coronavirus in SA

- The Premier Soccer League has issued a statement urging clubs and players to exercise caution with regards to hygiene practices

- With immediate effect, the PSL has suspended the "shaking of hands” prior to kick-off

- This comes amidst fears of the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus following the first positive case in KwaZulu-Natal

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In the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship, players of various sporting codes are encouraged to shake hands prior to a match.

The pre-match ritual has religiously been practised in South Africa, but things are about to change as per a recent policy change.

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) issued a statement urging clubs and players to take precautionary measures in light of the first positive case of Covid-19 coronavirus in KwaZulu-Natal.

Daily Sun reported on the decision and the statement.

The statement included some basic hygiene and health tips to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease. The statement included the below recommendations:

"Some precautionary measures include, but are not limited to:
- Shaking of hands should be suspended to reduce spread risk.
- When coughing, cough within the elbow or a tissue (dispose of the tissue in the correct manner).
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or utilise waterless hand washes often especially after contact with individuals.
- When handling public space materials (trolleys at airports and public spaces etc), it is advisable to, if possible, use disinfectant wipes on these items also to reduce risk.
- Limit direct contact with individuals by handshaking, hugging as much as one can."

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Earlier, reported that the 38-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from Italy says he's feeling much better.

The KZN man feels that the worst is over and none of his dependants are showing any symptoms of the dreaded virus.

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