The 13 revealed instances of Covid-19 at Portuguese club Belenenses, whose association match against Benfica was canceled at the end of the week when their group was diminished to only six players, seem, by all accounts, to be the Omicron variation, Portugal's public wellbeing foundation (INSA) reported on Monday.
Whenever affirmed, the cases would be the first in Portugal of the new Covid strain.
"Primer tests completed by INSA firmly propose that every one of the 13 cases related to Belenenses players are connected to the Omicron variation of concern," the foundation said in an assertion.
INSA added that one of Belenenses players had as of late went in South Africa, where the Omicron variation was first recognized.
That player is Bafana global Thibang Phete.
Phete tried positive on his return from global obligation with Bafana in their last Group G 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
Many countries from Europe to Asia have suspended travel from South Africa and its neighbors since South African researchers hailed Omicron on November 25.
The World Health Organization has named Omicron a variation of concern, saying it represents a "exceptionally high" hazard universally, while researchers are as yet evaluating its destructiveness.
Portuguese association authorities met on Sunday to examine the ridiculous game among Belenenses and Benfica, which must be canceled in the second half after Belenenses began with just nine players, including two goalkeepers, because of the Covid-19 episode.
Belenenses played one of their goalkeepers, Joao Monteiro, as an outfield player and had no substitutes at the Estadio Nacional where Benfica walked around a 7-0 lead before half-time on Saturday.
The Primeira Liga game was canceled by arbitrator Manuel Mota three minutes into the subsequent half, after Belenenses were decreased to six players. They had arisen after half-time with just seven players before Monteiro went down harmed.
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