Australian Open players and staff go into isolation after a hotel worker tests positive for Covid-19
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews stated late on Wednesday night that a 26-year-old volunteer firemen who had actually been working as a resident assistance officer as part of the competition checked favorable for the infection. Up until then, the state had actually not seen regional transmission of the infection in 28 days.
New limitations have actually now been put on the state’s 6.7 million residents. Masks are necessary in indoor public locations, and brand-new limitations remain in put on the variety of individuals who can collect in a home.
Andrews stated the brand-new guidelines were being put in location “through an abundance of caution” and since of the possibility that the case might have been brought on by a brand-new stress of the coronavirus — although he stated the genomic sequencing required to identify whether that held true hasn’t completed yet.
The unnamed man last worked at the Grand Hyatt hotel on January 29 and tested negative for the virus at the end of his shift that day. However, he subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive on Wednesday.
As a result, Andrews stated 500 to 600 people staying at the hotel have been deemed “close contacts” and will have to isolate until they return a negative test.
He said that the situation should not impact the Australian Open itself, which is set to begin on Monday. Speaking on Thursday, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said that out of the 507 people being tested, 160 of them were players.
Tiley said that the testing should be completed by 5 p.m., local time Thursday, saying that the players are “casual contacts” and there was a low probability of any of them testing positive.
The draw for the Australian Open has been postponed by a day to Friday while the testing takes place.
All play at Melbourne Park tennis center set for Thursday has been suspended to allow for the players and staff to be tested. The Tennis Australia boss said the affected warm up matches would be rescheduled, time permitting. “Everything remains as is, just with a day delay, until further notice,” Tiley said.
The run up to the tournament has been shaped by coronavirus fears. On arrival in Victoria, 72 players were placed into a 14-day quarantine ahead of their Grand Slam matches after passengers on their flights tested positive for Covid-19.
CNN’s Aleks Klosok and Hillary Whiteman contributed reporting.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.