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Four COVID-19 cases, containing one player, have been connected to the Australian Open, with more people expected to be made to self-isolate inside Melbourne’s quarantine hotels.
The COVID-19 positive cases have driven the Australian Open into confusion as viruses last to develop.
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews confirmed today; the new infections were in addition to the five COVID-19 positive cases, which came from three flights over the weekend, carrying officials, staff, media, and players to Australia.
He said, “All four COVID-19 positive cases are connected with the tennis; also, all of them are tucked away carefully in hotel quarantine.”
Now 15 charter flights have landed in Melbourne.
Victoria state’s Health authorities have now identified nine infections on passengers that landed in Melbourne for the Australian Open on February 8.
Passengers on three Australian Open flights have now been transferred into strict quarantine, including more than 70 players who cannot train for 14 days leading to the year’s first Grand Slam.
Daniel Andrews immediately shot down comments from players demanding specific treatment in hotel quarantine, involving kindness on the laws and the quarantine period’s duration.
He said, “the rules apply to players are the same applied to every citizen; all the players and staff were briefed about the rules before they came.”
“COVID-19 virus did not treat you especially, so neither we are going to do. So remember, there will be no special treatment here.”
A Spanish website published that Novak Djokovic had written and requested that isolation restrictions be reduced for tennis players, further decreasing the compulsory 14 days of isolation and having players went to “private houses with tennis courts” to train.
Daniel Andrews replied on the list of requests that the restriction rules would be the same and will not change for anyone.
Mr Andrews said, “everyone is free to give the lists of demands, but our answer is no, and that is clear.”
“We have Tennis Australia’s full help in the rules, and they were communicated to everyone engaged in the AO event,” he said.