Two extra Australian Open gamers have examined constructive for the coronavirus, authorities revealed Wednesday, taking to the variety of circumstances linked to the tennis match to 10. It is the newest blow to preparations for the yr’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne — which has already been delayed by three weeks as a result of pandemic. A string of infections detected by Australian authorities have compelled 72 gamers to be confined to their lodge rooms 24 hours a day for 2 weeks. Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville mentioned a complete of 4 extra folks related to the match had examined constructive since Tuesday.
“One of those is a player who has absolutely been in hard lockdown because he came in on one of the flights where we had positives,” she informed reporters.
“One is another player, and one is a support person with that player.”
More than 1,000 gamers and employees arrived in largely coronavirus-free Australia on 17 constitution planes final week, with the primary circumstances detected on these flights.
The total contingent is spending 14 days in lodge quarantine, with gamers not thought-about shut contacts of constructive circumstances allowed outdoors to coach for as much as 5 hours a day in a biosecurity bubble.
A variety of constructive outcomes beforehand introduced have been reclassified as non-infectious by well being officers, bringing to 10 the full confirmed variety of circumstances linked to the match.
The situations have prompted complaints from a number of tennis stars, together with world quantity 13 Roberto Bautista Agut who informed a TV station that quarantine was like jail “with wifi”.
He later issued an apology on Twitter “to everyone who has been offended” by the remarks, saying it was a “private conversation taken out of context”.
“I want to thank all the people who are making playing tennis again possible. As well as all those who fight against Covid-19 everyday. The management that has been made in Australia to prevent the spread of the virus is admirable,” he tweeted.
Australian media have portrayed the grumbles as spoilt and egocentric whereas locals in host metropolis Melbourne, which emerged from a four-month lockdown in October, have bristled at participant calls for for particular remedy.
However, match organisers insist most gamers accepted their isolation with out criticism.
Striving to stay match-fit for lead-up tournaments starting January 31, many have turned their lodge rooms into makeshift gyms and resorted to hitting tennis balls off lodge partitions.
The Australian Open is scheduled to start out on February 8.
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