Friday, February 5, 2021

Up to 600 Australian Open tennis players and staff to go into isolation after 1 COVID case

 One COVID-19 case at a Melbourne quarantine hotel has caused up to 600 tennis players and staff to go into isolation until they receive a negative test result, four days out from the Australian Open beginning.


A 26-year-old volunteer firefighter, who'd been working with the Open as a resident support officer at the Grand Hyatt hotel, tested negative for the coronavirus while at the end of his shift Jan. 29, but later developed symptoms, state Premier Dan Andrews announced late Wednesday.

While it's unclear which players were affected by the isolation order, tennis stars Serena Williams and Novak Djokic won't have to isolate as they spent their 14-day mandatory quarantine in the South Australian ccity of Adelaide.

 Djokovic was among a group of tennis players who last month sent a letter demanding Victorian authorities ease strict quarantine rules for players ahead of the season-opening tennis major's Feb. 8. start.

Melbourne had one of the world's longest lockdowns, with restrictions in place on the city of 5 million for 139 days before being lifted last October

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