Moin Ali’s initial 10-day quarantine was extended on Tuesday.© AFP
Sri Lankan officials said on Wednesday, Moeen Ali of England is infected with a new version of the coronovirus, Cricketer tested positive for COVID-19 10 days before his arrival in the country. Deputy chief epidemiologist Hemantha Herath told reporters in Colombo that the 33-year-old England all-rounder was the first case of UK stress in Sri Lanka to be considered more contagious. The Ministry of Health said that extra precaution was ordered to ensure that Moin does not spread the new version to the country – which is prone to fluctuations in infections – but did not elaborate on what they were Told.
Flights and passengers arriving from England were not banned on the England cricket team, which arrived earlier this month on a chartered plane to play two Test matches, the first of which will begin on Thursday.
Moin’s initial 10-day quarantine was extended on Tuesday after experiencing mild symptoms and fatigue.
All-rounder Chris Woakes admitted that his chances of playing his first game remain “quite slim” after close contact with Moeen and being isolated for seven days.
Moeen and Woakes are part of an 18-man England squad with seven additional reserve players in England, resuming the Test series in March when the virus was declared a global pandemic.
Moeen, who was joint England’s highest wicket-taker with Jack Leach in their 3–0 series win in Sri Lanka in 2018, is one of three spinners in the main squad, including Dom Bess and Leach.
Sri Lanka has seen an increase in virus cases since October, with the total number of infections on Wednesday being 50,000.
The number of deaths has increased to 244 from just 13 at the beginning of October.
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