Australian Open: More than 500 to isolate after COVID case at hotel

Australian Open: More than 500 to isolate after COVID case at hotel

"I think it's unlikely but we have asked for testing of all of the players and other people who have been in that hotel", Mr Cheng said on Thursday morning.

"Those associated with the AO who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result", the organisers of the February 8-21 Grand Slam said in a statement.

Preparations for the Australian Open were thrown into chaos Wednesday when up to 600 players and officials were told to isolate and get tested after a hotel staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

"They must immediately isolate and get tested".

"At this stage there is no impact on the tournament proper".

The Australian Open is scheduled to begin next Monday and Victoria state Premier Dan Andrews said he thought the positive test ― the first locally-acquired case in the state for nearly a month ― was not a threat to the tournament. "An update on the schedule for Friday will be announced later (on Thursday)".

Global players and their support staff who were at that Melbourne CBD hotel, the Grand Hyatt, are in isolation and undergoing testing, with Tennis Australia planning to resume postponed lead-in events on Friday.

Thursday's play at the six warm-up events at Melbourne Park is set to be affected by the move, says Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.

"So we think that risk is relatively low, which is why we are testing them to be sure, but it is precautionary".

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The six preparatory tournaments are now being held at Melbourne Park to get players match fit after their fortnight in quarantine.

About 1,200 players, coaching staff and officials arrived in Australia at the middle of last month for the year's first Grand Slam and went into a mandatory 14-day isolation.

It follows the diagnosis of a 26-year-old, who had been serving as a resident support officer as part of the Australian Open quarantine program...

Of those, 72 players were forced into hard lockdown after passengers on their charter flights later returned positive tests for the virus.

Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities were "assuming the worst" and acting as though the man had the highly infectious United Kingdom strain of the virus.

The Australian Grand Prix, the traditional season opener of the Formula One championship, was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic last March a few hours before the cars were due to take to the track at Melbourne's Albert Park.

"This is one case".

"This is one case, there's no need for people to panic", Premier Andrews told a news conference.

"We have proved as a state very successful in managing these sort of outbreaks and issues".

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