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England's Moeen Ali Infected With New UK Strain Of Virus

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By AFP News
January 13, 2021 • 23:01 PM View: 433

England's Moeen Ali is infected with the new UK variant of the coronavirus, Sri Lankan authorities said Wednesday, after the cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in the country 10 days ago.

Deputy Chief Epidemiologist Hemantha Herath told reporters in Colombo that the 33-year-old England all-rounder was Sri Lanka's first case of the UK strain, which is believed to be more transmissible.

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The health ministry said extra precautions were ordered to ensure Moeen did not spread the new variant in the country - which is battling an upsurge in infections - but did not elaborate 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.

Moeen's initial 10-day quarantine was extended on Tuesday after he experienced mild symptoms and fatigue.


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