Warren Gatland insists the British and Irish Lions are on heightened alert for the possible danger caused by coronavirus following the recent setback suffered by England's football team.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have been forced to self-isolate until next Monday after coming into close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour after Friday’s Euro 2020 clash, ruling them out of Tuesday evening’s clash with the Czech Republic.

The Lions will be operating in a bubble for their tour to South Africa and Gatland reveals that even hugging between players is off-limits in the hope of preventing a Covid outbreak.

"We are very aware. The players that have had a couple of campaigns in the autumn and Six Nations – they were pretty good in terms of staying Covid-free," the head coach said.

"So we have to make sure we adhere to the protocols. And second, that there is no hugging."