Health authorities confirmed Saturday that two positive COVID-19 cases emerged from a charter flight from Los Angeles carrying tennis players and officials to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
That will force all passengers from that flight into a strictly-enforced 14-day hotel quarantine without the ability to leave their hotel rooms — and for the players not to be able to practice.“An aircrew member and Australian Open participant who is not a player have been transferred to a health hotel following positive test results for coronavirus (COVID-19),” Victoria state’s health department said in a statement.
“All remaining 66 passengers on the flight have been determined to be close contacts. Any players and support people will not be able to leave quarantine to attend training. The remaining flight crew all tested negative and were permitted to fly out without passengers directly to their home port.”
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was reported by local media to be among a group of players set to be under the strictest quarantine for two weeks. The coronavirus-delayed Australian Open is set to start February 8.
Other players will be allowed to train under strict conditions and with supervision for up to five hours a day.
The people who tested positive on arrival have not been publicly identified, UNB reported.