Two Australian Open 2021 tennis players have tested positive for the coronavirus and are among the new three cases associated with the tournament, scheduled to start on February 8. The three new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the Victorian hotel quarantine in the last 24 hours.
According to The Australian, the Department of Health and Human Services said, on Tuesday, that the 3 positive cases associated with the Australian Open 2021 included those of a female in her 20s and two males in their 30s. According to the health officials, the new fourth case in Victoria is another female, a local who has returned from travelling, in her 30s and is in hotel quarantine.
The total tally of infected individuals associated with the Australian Open is now seven, not including the two cases that were ruled as previous infection.
“Further investigations are ongoing to determine any other cases of prior infection which can be safely reclassified,” DHHS said, according to The Australian.
Amid all these cases, more than 70 players are in hard quarantine in their hotel rooms for a period of 14 days. While there have been reports of players, including World No.1 Novak Djokovic, wanting a change in the quarantine setup, Australian Open boss Craig Tiley attested that most players supported being in hard quarantine as health comes first for everyone.
“The vast majority, most of them have been fantastic and been supportive. (They) know that this is the contribution that they have to make in order to get the privilege of when they do come out to compete for A$80 million ($61.46 million) in prize money. So we will turn the corner on those few that don’t have the right approach to this. But the rest have been really good,” Tiley told the Nine Network on Tuesday.
“Yes, it’s not an even playing field as far as preparation goes but we’re going to play our part to try to even it up as much as possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said that some of these positive coronavirus cases associated with the Australian Open will be reclassified as “non-infectious shedding,” possibly providing adjustments for some players in hard lockdown.
“If you’ve got say 30 people who are deemed a close contact because they’ve been on a plane with a case, and the case is no longer an active case but a historic shedding, well that would release those people from that hard lockdown,” Andrews said.