Jan 13, Colombo: England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali is infected with the new UK variant of the coronavirus, Sri Lankan authorities have said Wednesday after the cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in the country 10 days ago, AFP reported.
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, the head of the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, has stated that a person, who had recently arrived from the United Kingdom by air confirmed to have been infected with the new COVID-19 variant which is rapidly spreading in the UK.
According to the Deputy Chief Epidemiologist Hemantha Herath the 33-year-old England all-rounder was Sri Lanka’s first case of the UK’s more transmissible strain.
The Health Ministry has said that extra precautions were ordered to ensure Moeen did not spread the new variant in the country but has not elaborated on what they were.
A ban on flights and passengers from Britain was not applied to the England cricket team, which arrived on a chartered aircraft earlier this month to play two Test matches, the first of which will begin on Thursday.