Hundreds of Australian Open players and staff go into isolation after a hotel worker tests positive for Covid-19
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said late Wednesday that a 26-year-old volunteer firefighter who was working as a resident aid officer as part of the tournament tested positive for the virus.
The state had not seen local transmission of the virus in 28 days, when it was announced at around 9 pm local time on Wednesday.
The new restrictions are now imposed on 6.7 million residents of the state. Masks are mandatory in indoor public places and there are new limits on the number of people who can gather in a house.
Andrews said the new rules were being put “through an abundance of caution” and the possibility that this case could be caused by a new strain of coronavirus – although he said genomic sequencing was determined to What is required is that the matter is not yet over.
The unnamed person last worked at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on 29 January and tested negative for the virus at the end of his innings that day. However, he later developed symptoms and tested positive on Wednesday.
As a result, Andrews said that 500 to 600 people staying at the hotel were deemed “close contacts” and would have to be separated until they returned a negative test.
He said the situation should not affect the Australian Open, which is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Asked by a reporter if it was the worst situation before the year’s first Grand Slam event, Andrews replied: “I don’t describe it in those words. We’ve got a case. We’re going to do a lot of work.” Have been. It’s difficult to keep the numbers as low as possible. Decisions have been made, and we’ll move forward to next week. “
The race for the tournament is shaped by coronavirus phobia. Upon arrival in Victoria, 72 players were placed ahead of Grand Slam matches in a 14-day quarantine when passengers on their flights tested positive for the Kovid-19.
CNN’s Alex Klosok and Hilary Whitman contributed reporting.