Players had recently travelled in South Africa
AFP – Posted: Nov 29, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 hours ago
Posted: Nov 29, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 hours ago
As many as 13 cases
of omicron have been detected among team members of a professional soccer club,
Portuguese health authorities said Monday.
If confirmed, the cases would be the first in Portugal
linked to the new coronavirus strain.
The health institute added that one of Belenenses players
had recently travelled in South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first
Dozens of nations from Europe to Asia have suspended travel
from South Africa and its neighbours since South African scientists flagged
Omicron on November 25.
The World Health Organization has labelled Omicron a variant
of concern, saying it poses a “very high” risk globally, while
scientists are still assessing its virulence.
Portuguese league officials met on Sunday to discuss the
farcical game between Belenenses and Benfica, which had to be called off in the
second half after Belenenses started with only nine players, including two
goalkeepers, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Belenenses played one of their goalkeepers, Joao Monteiro,
as an outfield player and had no substitutes at the Estadio Nacional where
Benfica strolled into a 7-0 lead before half-time on Saturday.
The Primeira Liga game was called off by referee Manuel Mota
three minutes into the second half, after Belenenses were reduced to six
players. They had emerged after half-time with only seven players before
Monteiro went down injured.
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