Australian Open Woes Worsen After More COVID-19 Cases

January 22, 2021 by

The overall total of positive cases among the 1,200 people flown into Melbourne for this year’s Australian Open has officially risen by three more.

The latest cases have been confirmed by Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, who revealed in an official statement that the latest positive tests include that of two players and one non-participant. The statement has however led to mass confusion due to AO tennis boss Craig Tiley’s insistence that none of the positive cases have been among players.

According to Tiley, no players were currently being treated and/or isolated in the medi-hotel, which is the hotel people are currently being transferred to in the event of a positive test result.

The latest developments have only led to even more frustration for some of Melbourne’s permanent residents, who each have their own concerns over the potential health risks posed by the tournament. A total of 72 players have since their arrival in Melbourne been forced into full and managed isolation. Those players in confined to full isolation will remain in separation for at least 14 days, and will not be permitted to participate in any training sessions.

Several players have since their arrival bemoaned the strict conditions in place at their place of accommodation. Labour MP Bill Shorten has in the meantime called on players to “get a grip”, saying that people have actually died and lost their jobs. He referred to complaining players as pampered “sooks” crying about ideal living arrangements.

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