Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case

Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case

A fourth optimistic coronavirus case has been recorded from Australian Open constitution flights carrying athletes and their help groups into Melbourne for the primary grand slam of the yr.

Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria commissioner Emma Cassar revealed the information on Sunday, including the optimistic check was returned by a broadcast group member on a constitution flight from Los Angeles.

Two different folks on that flight had earlier examined optimistic, whereas one other case was detected on a flight from Abu Dhabi.

Cassar stated: “It’s vital to notice that every one the 4 positives all had a adverse check outcome previous to boarding the airplane.

“I can verify that every one participant and coaching companion check outcomes are actually in.”

“I completely perceive the emotion the gamers are going by proper now in addition to their objection to the state of affairs.”-

The brand new case comes after Australian Open event director Craig Tiley insisted gamers have been made conscious of the dangers of being put into isolation on arrival within the nation.

A complete of 47 gamers have been instructed they must keep of their resort rooms for 14 days following the optimistic assessments.

Cassar stated some “low stage” quarantine breaches amongst gamers had been reported, together with “a participant who opened his door to attempt to have a dialog along with his coaching mate down the hallway”.

She added: “He’s acquired a cellphone, you possibly can decide up the cellphone and use the phone versus placing you and others in danger. It’s actually low stage however actually harmful acts which we simply can’t tolerate.”

Tiley and his group labored for months to safe an settlement whereby gamers can be allowed out of their rooms for 5 hours every day through the two-week quarantine with a purpose to practise and do gymnasium work however these fastidiously labored plans are actually in tatters.

Quite a lot of gamers reacted to the information with shock and anger on social media, and Tiley was sympathetic to these emotions.

He instructed Channel 9 TV: “I completely perceive the emotion the gamers are going by proper now in addition to their objection to the state of affairs.

“The dedication of who was and who wasn’t an in depth contact was going to be totally as much as the well being division, and so they’re doing what they deem is critical with a purpose to preserve our neighborhood secure.

“Clearly what has modified during the last a number of weeks is the brand new UK pressure, which is extra infectious, and there’s clearly a fantastic need by all of us to make it possible for doesn’t come into our neighborhood.

“These situations, they’re continuously altering, however there’s at all times a threat. We did make it very clear originally, that’s why we had the participant teams in cohorts, there was at all times a threat that somebody can be optimistic then and have to enter 14 days of isolation, there was a threat on the airplane that you’d be an in depth contact, there was a threat that everybody might be an in depth contact.

“It’s unlucky that we’re in an setting now the place we’ve acquired to handle it.”

Britain’s Heather Watson is among the many 47 together with grand slam champions Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu, whose coach Sylvain Bruneau revealed he was the supply of one of many three optimistic assessments.

The gamers ought to be out of isolation earlier than the week of warm-up occasions begins on January 31 however they may clearly not be in peak situation to compete.

Tiley dismissed any suggestion the Australian Open, which has already been pushed again by three weeks, might be delayed additional however stated the gamers will probably be supported in any approach doable, together with with the supply of train tools to their rooms.

He stated: “It’s a troublesome state of affairs and we’ve acquired to do no matter we are able to to make it as truthful as doable for these gamers which might be in lockdown now. Clearly our first goal is that everybody stays as wholesome as doable and isn’t the reason for additional unfold inside the bubble.

“The Australian Open begins on February eight. We’re reviewing the schedule main in to see what we are able to do to help these gamers.”

The very fact the Australian Open has been allowed to go forward has been vastly controversial given Victoria’s ultra-strict method to tackling coronavirus and whereas 1000’s of Australians stay stranded abroad due to a restrict on numbers allowed into the nation.

Information of optimistic assessments will stoke the fires additional whereas it’s unlikely to assist the reason for Andy Murray, who’s hoping to barter entry at a later date after contracting Covid-19 and lacking the constitution flight whereas he isolates at residence in Surrey.

Reviews additionally emerged of a optimistic check among the many cohort of high gamers and their observe companions who’re quarantining individually in Adelaide.

Serbian media reported that the health coach of Filip Krajinovic, Novak Djokovic’s observe companion, had examined optimistic however it could not lead to contacts having to isolate as a result of he had just lately overcome the virus and was not infectious.

An analogous cause was given for American participant Tennys Sandgren being allowed to journey regardless of a optimistic check on Monday.

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