The Australian Open is halting matches on Thursday — 4 days earlier than the event is about to kick off — after a employee at one of many event’s accommodations examined positive for COVID-19.

The first Grand Slam of 2021 is schedule to start Monday. The venue is at present internet hosting the ATP Cup group competitors amongst others by Friday. There had been roughly 62 matches scheduled for Thursday.

Australian Open: 600 to quarantine days earlier than Grand Slam

Between 500 and 600 gamers, officers and help employees can have to isolate of their lodge rooms till they’ve a destructive COVID-19 test end result. The Australian Open organizers introduced the information on Twitter late Wednesday.

“Health authorities have advised us that a Hotel Quarantine worker has tested positive for COVID-19,” the assertion learn. “Those associated with the AO who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result.

“We will work with everyone involved to facilitated testing as quickly as possible. There will be no matches at Melbourne Park on Thursday. An update on the schedule for Friday will be announced later today.”

The particular person examined destructive on his final day on the lodge, however later examined positive for the virus. The authorities is engaged on contact tracing and he’s in a medical facility, Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews stated by way of the AP.

“This is one case. There’s no need for people to panic,” Andrews said. “There’s no need for people to be alarmed. We Victorians know what to do, and we have proven, as a state, very successful at managing these sorts of outbreaks, these sorts of issues.”

Victoria officers had introduced earlier within the day, earlier than information of the test, that the world had gone 28 days with no case involving native transmission.

Quarantined gamers thought of informal contacts

Matches had been suspended on Thursday after a lodge employee examined positive for COVID-19. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP by way of Getty Images)

Those staying on the Grand Hyatt Hotel are all thought of informal contacts of the 26-year-old who examined positive, the well being division stated by way of The Guardian. Andrews known as a late-night information convention to announce the case “through an abundance of caution” and urged anybody exhibiting signs to get examined, per studies.

“This is a test that’s come through in the afternoon,” Victoria’s chief well being officer Prof Brett Sutton stated by way of The Guardian. “We’ve already ramped up every aspect of the response that we know needs to be in place to get ahead of it.”

There usually are not anticipated to be any disruptions to the primary draw Grand Slam play that begins Monday, authorities stated. Six tournaments are being performed in Melbourne this week as a lead-up to the Grand Slam.

First Grand Slam in 2021 runs into issues

Australian has taken COVID-19 protocol severely and allowed in solely a small variety of chartered flights for these collaborating within the Australian Open.

Nearly 100 gamers, employees and personnel had to go into a tough quarantine for 14 days after people on three chartered flights examined positive for COVID-19 upon arrival within the nation. Those people would have left the quarantine measures over the weekend. Unlike others, they weren’t allowed exterior to prepare and had to keep of their rooms.

The COVID-19 loss of life depend in Australia is 909, with 820 of them in Victoria. Most of these deaths are from a second lethal wave final 12 months, per the AP. There have been greater than 28,000 instances. The Australian Open is at present nonetheless planning to host up to 30,000 spectators day by day all through the two-week event.

The United States has had greater than 446,000 deaths as of Wednesday morning and greater than 26.4 million reported instances. New York hosted the US Open at Flushing Meadows in October underneath strict pointers and with out followers.

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