Indian Super League (ISL) outfit NorthEast United FC’s assistant coach Khalid Jamil has been shifted to a hospital on the outskirts of Panaji after his recovery from Covid-19 was deemed slow and unsatisfactory by team doctors, according to a report by The Times of India. The former East Bengal and Mohun Bagan coach contracted the virus a week ago and was initially quarantined in his room inside the team’s training base in the city.
The TOI report also confirms that Jamil has been receiving treatment at the hospital for the past 2 days and that he is not the only person in the team who has contracted the virus, with as many as three players reportedly testing positive. The fact that Jamil has been moved to a hospital facility suggests that the club is taking no chances in this situation, although the criticality of his condition is still unknown.
The 43-year-old has been at the club since 2018 and has performed multiple roles during his stay, ranging from assistant coach to head of youth scouting to caretaker manager after Robert Jarni’s departure earlier this year. Presently Gerard Nus’ right hand man and the club’s head of youth development, Jamil also has an I-League title against his name as coach while at Aizawl FC during the 2016-17 season.
According to ISL’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to Covid-19, anyone who tests positive is supposed to undergo 14-day isolation at the facility or a separate treatment centre with further RT-PCR tests to be undertaken on the 10th, 12th day and 14th day. They will be allowed to re-enter the bio-secure bubble that has been created for respective teams only if both the tests on Day 12 and Day 14 are negative and the individual shows no further symptoms for 24 hours after that.