England's Moeen Ali Infected With New UK Strain Of Virus
All-rounder Chris Woakes admitted that chances of him playing the first game remain "quite slim" after being a close contact of Moeen and isolating for seven days.
Moeen and Woakes are part of an 18-man England squad, with seven additional reserve players, in Sri Lanka to resume the Test series they abandoned in March when the virus was declared a global pandemic.
Moeen, who was England's joint-highest wicket-taker alongside Jack Leach in their 3-0 series win in Sri Lanka in 2018, is one of three spinners, including Dom Bess and Leach, in the main squad.
Sri Lanka has seen a surge in virus cases since October, with the total number of infections passing 50,000 on Wednesday.
The number of deaths has increased to 244 from just 13 at the start of October.