Omicron hits Portugal as 13 members of Lisbon football club test positive


Portugal detected 13 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Monday, all involving players and staff of top division football club Belenenses SAD, one of whose players recently returned from South Africa.

Authorities say the diagnoses were made after the Lisbon club played a Primeira Liga match against Benfica on Saturday that started with only nine Belenenses players on the pitch because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Only seven players returned to the field after halftime, and the match was abandoned two minutes into the second half with Benfica leading 7-0.