Omicron hits Portuguese football.. obligating the wearing of masks and periodic examinations
The Portuguese Football League said yesterday, Wednesday, that all professional players must undergo a Covid-19 test before every match, after last week’s tour was canceled due to the outbreak of the virus.
The association added – in a statement – that it had informed the clubs that all players must undergo a test 48 hours before the match, while wearing masks on the bench.
The Lisbon-based Blenich team started its league match against Benfica last Saturday with only 9 players, while the rest of the squad was isolated at home after a number of players and staff members were infected with Covid-19.
Only 7 players returned to the field after the break, and the match was stopped minutes after the start of the second half when Benfica was leading 7-0.
And Portugal discovered 14 cases of the new Omicron strain of the Corona virus, including 13 players and members of the Auxiliary Service in Plenish.
And the country, which recently re-imposed restrictions, recorded 4,670 new cases today, Thursday, in the highest daily jump since the beginning of last February, when it faced the most difficult battle against the virus.
The doctor of Blenich’s team was among those infected with the new Omicron flu, forcing a large hospital near Lisbon – where the doctor also works – to temporarily close two of the hospital’s pediatric departments.