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The 13 cases of covid in Belenenses players are of the omicron variant

The National Institute of Health “Ricardo Jorge” (INSA) of Portugal today confirmed to EFE the detection of thirteen cases of the omicron variant in the Belenenses players who tested positive for covid-19. I know of the circumstance that the South African footballer Cafú Phete, who belongs to this squad, returned to Portugal last Sunday, November 22, after playing two games with the selection of your country.

However, so that there is a scientific evidence in its entirety, in the next few hours they will do the “sequencing” of the samples to guarantee one hundred percent that it is this variant, INSA sources explained to EFE. As a sanitary measure, all players are quarantined isolated and also all the people who had contact with them.

Controversial party

In the last hours, as reported to EFE by the football club itself, they were detected in the squad a total of 17 positives: 13 players, the coach and his assistant and two other members of the coaching staff. Despite the outbreak, the match of League that was scheduled for Saturday night against the Benfica, given that neither the League nor the authorities sanitary suspended it.

Due to the high number of covid cases, the team jumped onto the pitch with only 9 troops and after the break, when the Benfica it was already imposed by 0-7, the meeting was suspended, since the Belenenses I only had 6 field players, for the injury of a footballer.

This football match has generated a huge controversy in Portugal, so the League plans to hold meetings today with different entities to clarify what happened.


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