Colombo: Sri Lankan health officials said that when the England cricketer Moeen Ali Cricketer was tested here, he was found positive for Covid-19 New Strain.
The England cricket team is currently visiting Sri Lanka for a two-Test series. Deputy Director General of Health Services Hemant Herath said on Wednesday that Ali was found positive on January 4.
Since the outbreak of the corona virus in Sri Lanka since mid-March, 50,200 cases have been reported and 247 people have died. There have been around 47,000 cases since October 4.
Several countries have reported the presence of new variants of the UK including Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.
Chief epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera said that the UK variant spreads much faster which could lead to more cases in Sri Lanka. He said, “That’s why we are insisting on a strict segregation process.”
The country had been under complete lockdown since mid-May. The country’s airports will open on 21 January as the increase in cases led to an earlier date of opening.
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