Melbourne: Three people have been found to be Coronavirus positive in chartered flights from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi for Australian Open 2021 carrying players, coaches and officials. 47 players have arrived here from both these aircraft. Out of which 2 cases are related to aircraft from Los Angeles while one case is related to aircraft from Abu Dhabi.
Those found positive on the plane from Los Angeles include an air crew member and a passenger who are not players. Despite this, now all the passengers present in this flight will not be able to get out of the hotel rooms for 14 days and the players will not be able to practice.
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“A member of the air crew and an Australian Open participant (who is not a player) has been found positive in the Corona investigation,” the Victoria Province Health Department said in a statement.
It said, ‘All the 66 hitchhikers are believed to have come in close contact. They will no longer be able to practice by quarantine. All other crew members have come negative and their own bodies have been allowed to go without 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 came back negative. The flight included two-time champion Victoria Azarenka and Kei Nishikori.
Tennis Australia later told that 64 people had boarded the plane from Abu Dhabi, out of which 23 players. He told, “All the passengers who came by plane are in the quarantine in the hotel. The person who came positive is not a player and he started negative in the investigation after starting the journey.”
He said, ’23 players present in this plane will not be able to leave the hotel for 14 days and before getting the green signal from the doctors. They will not even be able to practice. The Australia Open is scheduled to begin on 8 February. The first Grand Slam of the season will begin three weeks late due to the Corona epidemic.
According to local media, emails have been sent to all the players and officials that they have to stay in their hotel rooms. This means that they will not be able to leave for practice and will have to exercise on the bike kept for exercise in every player’s room.