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New COVID-19 variant: Person infected is a visiting overseas cricketer: DHDG

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The person who was found to have been infected with new COVID-19 variant was a visiting overseas cricketer who had come from UK on January (3), Deputy Director General of Public Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said all precautionary measures have been taken in order to prevent the new virus spreading from him, since the day he was diagnosed with the virus.

“Hence, there was no necessity for people to panic but follow strict Health guidelines as usual,” he said.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday (4).

Ali, who is part of the touring England squad that landed in Sri Lanka on January 3 for a two-Test series, returned a positive result on the PCR test conducted on arrival at the Hambantota Airport.

The first test match between two countries is to be held tomorrow (14).(Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Era Wednesday, 13 January 2021 08:58 PM

    We knew that right along. So has anyother person in the team got infected ? How about the airport and airline staff ?

    Covid Wednesday, 13 January 2021 09:09 PM

    From the 3rd to 4th when he was found positive, have all (ALL) contacts, definite contacts, possible contacts and unknown contacts been rounded up and quarantined? This is not a time to be fooling around, give silly answers, try to keep the public unaware of the danger of another UK cluster similar to the Brandix cluster. Ban the public from the grounds and have now famous "zoom cricket".

    Jeeves Wednesday, 13 January 2021 09:11 PM

    No suprises! Covid variant found a way to enter our country! All in the name of CRICKET!

    Michael Ranasinghe Wednesday, 13 January 2021 09:20 PM

    If Moin Ali was detected as the one with the new strain why is he not sent back to UK ? Will Moin Ali or the English Cricket come to assist the people who have lost their jobs and livelihood due to Covid .. what nonsense is this

    Bernard Wednesday, 13 January 2021 09:51 PM

    People of Sri Lanka are prepared to die for cricket even if they don't get infected with the virus. It is such a mentality.

    CharmD Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:06 PM

    Michael Ranasinghe, Has China come to assist the people who have lost their jobs and livelihood due to Covid?

    Jayampathi Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:18 PM

    The new cluster should be named as UK cluster or CRICKET Cluster, not as ALI cluster. Our people may like to have a European product rather than a chinese one.

    Bernard Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:38 PM

    Cricket is a powerful weapon used by successive governments to keep people entertained during a crisis, especially during the war, but this time it has backfired!

    Hari M Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:47 PM

    We have a narrow minded, racially divisive government, that is hell bent on revenge and not taking the country forward into prosperity.

    rafeek Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:53 PM

    entire england team came together so the entire england team has to be sent back without playing cricket, its a serious issue for the country, isolate the hotel where england team is staying. take care

    Bernard Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:57 PM

    In the midst of second COVID-19, the government invited cricketeers from England knowing very well that the new CORONA-19 originated from them and one can come to a conclusion that it was a ruse adopted by the government as an alternative to lockdown the country for cricket crazy people to keep indoors to watch the games.

    GGT Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:38 PM

    In brief, The CORONA/VARIANT Virus spreading techniques is a racketeers involved by many governments for which our country SRI LANKA helps the cause.

    Mm Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:57 PM

    It’s the government fault isn’t it ?

    Gunawardane Thursday, 14 January 2021 02:20 AM

    This irresponsible government gave permission to invite English cricketers despite the fact England is the worst country in Europe regarding controlling this virus. All those responsible for inviting the English team must be arrested and prosecuted. AG act now.

    Lalitha Cooray Thursday, 14 January 2021 12:18 PM

    Why was Ali checked before he left UK. Looks like SL has to get them through quarantine and all the jaramara before they gets on to the playing field.

    Premalal Perera Thursday, 14 January 2021 12:31 PM

    All clusters should be called the real name which is "China cluster" the whole world is paying with innocent lives while China fiddles its statistics.

    Michelle Newman Saturday, 16 January 2021 04:08 PM

    Close the Airports down until everyone is vaccinated and even after vaccine as been administered you can still catch it but symptoms not severe and masks will still be worn for at least one year


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