On Sunday (8 March), the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) was made aware that Jameel McKay, the recent addition to the Singapore Slingers, was held at the Immigration in Singapore upon their return from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
McKay is listed on the “contact list” of Singapore’s Case 113, a 42-year-old French national who tested positive with COVID-19, and was on the same Turkish Airlines flight with McKay from Istanbul, Turkey to Singapore.
McKay is currently being quarantined and is under observation. He does not have any symptoms and does not feel ill. According to the Ministry of Health in Singapore, he will be quarantined until 17 March, which is 14 days from when he landed in Singapore (3 March).
Meanwhile, the rest of the Singapore Slingers players, staff, and personnel, as well as that of the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, and league personnel who may have had contact with McKay, are now being monitored for the next 48 hours for any signs of illness.
This process and precautionary measure has been advised and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Center for Disease Control (US-CDC), and Singapore Ministry of Health, for persons who have been in contact with a person on the “contact list” who does not present any symptoms of any illness.
As a precautionary measure, the ABL has announced that the following games will be postponed:
- Sunday, 8 March 2020 – Singapore Slingers vs San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
- Tuesday, 10 March 2020 – San Miguel Alab Pilipinas vs Kuala Lumpur Dragons
- Sunday, 15 March 2020 – Singapore Slingers vs Macau Black Bears
- Wednesday, 18 March 2020 – Mono Vampire Basketball Club vs Singapore Slingers
The ABL is closely monitoring the fluid situation and will release further information when available.