Moeen Ali infected with new U.K variant of coronavirus

England's Moeen Ali is infected with the new U.K variant of the coronavirus, Sri Lankan authorities said, after the cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in the country 10 days ago.

Deputy Chief Epidemiologist Hemantha Herath told that the 33-year-old England all-rounder was Sri Lanka's first case of the U.K strain, which is believed to be more transmissible.

The health ministry said extra precautions were ordered to ensure Moeen did not spread the new variant in the country -- which is battling an upsurge in infections -- but did not elaborate on what they were.

A ban on flights and passengers from Britain was not applied to the England cricket team, which arrived on a chartered aircraft to play two Test matches, the first of which began on Thursday.

Moeen's initial 10-day quarantine was extended on Tuesday after he experienced mild symptoms and fatigue.