MELBOURNE (Reuters) – One case of COVID-19 amongst these in quarantine forward of the Australian Open has been reclassified, native well being officers stated on Sunday, leaving 9 lively circumstances within the group of gamers and assist employees isolating in Melbourne lodges.
Well being officers beforehand stated they have been investigating some optimistic checks for proof of “viral shedding”, the place individuals who have had the virus proceed to shed non-infectious remnants after they’ve recovered.
COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria additionally stated in a press release that the one case of the virus acquired abroad reported on Sunday was not related to the tennis Grand Slam.
A lot of the 970 folks within the Australian Open quarantine lodges have entered their second week of the 14-day isolation interval with the primary arrivals as a consequence of be free of lockdown on Friday.
Whereas most have been allowed out to coach for 5 hours a day, 72 have been confined to their rooms after the optimistic circumstances on the constitution flights that introduced them to Australia.
4 gamers have been among the many circumstances initially reported as being related to the tennis however solely Spain’s Paula Badosa has confirmed that she examined optimistic.
There was dangerous information for one more participant in quarantine early on Sunday when the Worldwide Tennis Federation denied Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska’s software to have her provisional suspension for a doping violation put aside.
The organisers introduced on Sunday a brand new ladies’s competitors from Feb. 3-7 to help the preparations of gamers in laborious lockdown.
“These adjustments to the lead-in occasions have been made to offer the 72 gamers just a little bit of additional time to assist them put together,” match director Craig Tiley stated in a press release.
“We additionally will prioritise them for issues like apply classes, fitness center and ice baths.”
The Chief Govt of the ladies’s WTA Tour, Steve Simon, welcomed the revamped build-up.
“This revised schedule comprised of three WTA 500 occasions … will permit for our athletes popping out of the revered quarantine interval to correctly give attention to their preparation in a return to competitors,” Simon stated.
Three of the 9 circumstances of COVID-19 linked to the Australian Open have been on Saturday revealed to be for the extra transmissible coronavirus variant first detected in the UK.
In line with native media, that information scuppered plans to permit the gamers to affiliate in teams of as much as 4, quite than the present two.
The state of Victoria, which comprises Australia’s second-largest metropolis, endured one of many world’s strictest and longest lockdowns final 12 months.
On Sunday the state recorded an 18th straight day with no native transmissions, whereas Australia as a complete has not reported a case locally for 9 of the final 10 days.
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