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Two women cricketers infected with 'Omicron'


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Two cricketers of the Bangladesh women's team have tested positive for Covid-19, it was confirmed that they are infected with the new covid-variant Omicron.

The two cricketers are also the first individuals to be infected with the new variant in the country.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday said, "Both the cricketers are now in institutional quarantine. They are undergoing multiple tests,"

"They are suffering from fever. However, their condition is stable now," the minister added.

When asked about the situation of the other squad members, Maleque said, "Everyone who came into their contact has been tested. All of the results have come back negative,"

Bangladesh women's team returned home on December 1 from Zimbabwe after the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifiers 2022 was called off midway due to the outbreak of a new strain of Covid-19 called omicron.

“Since they arrived from there, they are more likely to be infected with omicron. I was not surprised. The best part is, the whole team was together. Everyone else has returned negative and has no symptoms. I have spoken personally. They have no fever, body aches. They did not even realize that they were infected with the virus,” Papon told the media at BKSP.

The tournament was abandoned midway with the emergence of the latest Covid-19 variant Omicron in African nationals and the introduction of travel restrictions from a number of countries in the continent, including the host country Zimbabwe.

The ICC called off the event with the qualification slots decided as per team rankings keeping with the tournament's playing conditions.