Forty-four Belenenses players self-isolating, 13 positive for Omicron variant

Vigilance is essential when stopping the unfold of a contagious virus like COVID-19, and the Omicron variant has had its manner with Belenenses.

And now maybe Benfica.

Many noticed the weekend video of COVID-hit Belenenses dealing with off with its Lisbon rivals all the way down to 9-men, a match that didn’t attain the forty eighth minute resulting from solely seven players remaining on the pitch.


Belenenses defender Cafu Phete examined positive for COVID-19 upon return from nationwide group obligation in South Africa, the place there’s been an outbreak of the Omicron variant of the virus. The World Health Organization designated Omicron a “variant of concern” final week.

Reuters stories that every one of Belenenses players had been vaccinated however that won’t cease their players and staffers spreading the virus. The vaccine is designed to mitigate the results of the virus, not remove it.

As many as 44 players and employees at Belenenses are actually quarantining whereas Benfica has not taken the identical steps resulting from what it calls low-risk for getting the virus from their opponents.

Here’s hoping Benfica is true and we’re grateful that the vaccinated Belenenses players are at the moment asymptomatic.

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