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A plane full of several Australian Open tennis stars and staff has been placed into strict quarantine after two people on board a chartered flight to Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.
On Friday morning, the flight from Los Angeles landed in Melbourne, and tests were conducted soon afterward.
Herald Sun published a leaked email from Tennis Australia, informed all people on chartered flight QR7493, comprising former event winner Victoria Azarenka that the Chief Health Officer has told them to be “confined to their rooms for the 14-day isolation period”.
“Sadly, health authorities have notified us that two people on your flight from LAX that arrived on Friday 15 January at 5:15 am have returned positive COVID-19 PCR tests on entry to Melbourne,” the email addresses.
“We understand this is not the way how you imagined your Australian Open preparations would start, but our whole staff is here to support you and do anything we can to get you through this.”
“The most necessary point you should know right now is we are here to help you whatever you need, and you are not alone in this.”
According to the Victorian government’s arrangements, players will be going through the 14-day isolation but will be permitted five hours out of their rooms every day to get trained.
Going by standard DHHS guidelines, nobody aboard that flight will be permitted to leave their place or room for the whole 14 days.
Some 1,240 tennis players and support crew began arriving in Melbourne this week ahead of the tournament and sent to selected quarantine hotels.
They need to return a negative COVID-19 test before coming into Australia and have to be tested at the start and end of their 14-day quarantine. And people found coronavirus positive will be moved into the state’s health hotels.
Two tennis players, Grand Slam finalist Madison and former world number one Andy Murray, have already had to cancel their AO plans after finding COVID-19 positive tests.