Melbourne: Three people have tested positive for the coronavirus on chartered flights from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi for the 2021 Australian Open carrying players, coaches and officials. 47 players arrived here from these two planes. Of which 2 cases are related to planes from Los Angeles and one case concerns planes from Abu Dhabi.
Those found positive on the Los Angeles plane include an aircrew member and a passenger who are not players. Despite this, now all passengers on this flight will no longer be able to leave hotel rooms for 14 days and players will no longer be able to train.
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“An air crew member and an Australian Open participant (who is not a player) tested positive in the Corona investigation,” the Department of Health said. province of Victoria in a press release.
He said, “The 66 hitchhikers are believed to have come into close contact. They will no longer be able to practice in quarantine. All other crew members turned negative and their own bodies were allowed to pass passengers.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiele said in a statement that the 24 players on the flight would stay in their hotel rooms for 14 days until their reports were negative. The flight included two-time champion Victoria Azarenka and Kei Nishikori.
Tennis Australia later said 64 people boarded the plane from Abu Dhabi, including 23 players. He said: “All the passengers who came by the plane are in quarantine at the hotel. The person who tested positive is not a player and he started the negative investigation after starting the trip. . “
He said: “23 players on this plane will not be able to leave the hotel for 14 days and before receiving the green signal from the doctors. They won’t even be able to practice. The Australian Open is scheduled to start on February 8. The first Grand Slam of the season will start three weeks late due to the Corona outbreak.
According to local media reports, emails have been sent to all players and officials asking them to stay in their hotel rooms. This means that they will not be able to leave to train and will have to train on the guarded bike to exercise in each player’s room.