COVID-19: Bangladesh confirms presence of Omicron variant in two female cricketers

According to health officials, both cricketers appeared to have contracted the viral infection while in Zimbabwe. (Representative image: Reuters)

Bangladesh has confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in two players of the women’s national cricket team who recently returned from Zimbabwe.

“The two cricketers are in quarantine in a hotel. They are in good health, ”Health Minister Zahid Maleque told reporters on Saturday evening. Doctors expect their recovery within two weeks, he said.

Without revealing the identities of the cricketers, Maleque said, the two – one aged 21 and one aged 30 – are the first confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country. Everyone who came in contact with them has been tested, but none of them tested positive for Covid-19, he said. By the way, “the whole (cricket) team is also in quarantine. So there is no reason to worry, ”Maleque said.

According to health officials, both cricketers appeared to have contracted the viral infection while in Zimbabwe. They had tested positive for Covid-19 while in institutional quarantine upon their return from Zimbabwe on December 1.

All cricketers underwent Covid-19 testing on December 6, and samples from both players positive for Covid-19 were sent to labs for genome sequencing to determine if they contained the Omicron variant.

The Bangladesh National Women’s Cricket Team traveled to Zimbabwe in October for the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifying round and returned home as a qualifier. Bangladesh has so far recorded 1578,996 cases of the coronavirus, while the death toll stands at 28,022.

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