Australia says too early to make call on ending Victoria lockdown

Grant Boone
February 15, 2021

Greece's Michail Pervolarakis will have to quarantine in South Africa.

More than six million people were ordered into a snap, five-day lockdown Friday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second most populous state, forcing the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne to shut fans out.

The Australian Open has been plunged into further chaos after a Greek tennis player revealed he has tested positive to coronavirus.

Although Pervolarakis did not feature in the tournament, new of his positive test is another headache for Australian Open organisers given his recent contact with players and officials in Melbourne.

The world's top men's singles player, Novak Djokovic wrote to Tennis Australia officials with a list of "demands", according to ESPN, which included asking to have players moved to "private houses with tennis courts".

Authorities are working to track down 5000 people who passed through Melbourne Airport's Terminal 4 after a case worked at Brunetti cafe while infectious on February 10.

The rules are largely in line with stage four restrictions imposed previous year, with a five-kilometre travel limit, compulsory face masks indoors and outdoors and no visitors allowed at homes.

Under the initial plan for the Australian Open, the government allowed up to 30,000 people daily at Melbourne Park, or about 50% of capacity. "I'm sitting here making 178 heartbreaking phone calls to see if I can get them to rebook", said Will Baa, owner of Lover, a restaurant in the hip district of Windsor.

"We just provide them the information and then they provide advice and make decisions". He played in the ATP Cup alongside world No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

"I'm not going to be a medical expert on this but there's a lot of science around the timing of when you test negative and that will be looked at by the health authorities".

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But its quarantine hotels, where all worldwide arrivals have to spend two weeks, have been a weak link in its defences, with the latest Melbourne cluster another example.

Pervolarakis took to social media to break the news to fans and talk about the hard conditions he's facing.

"Hi everyone. After a 24-plus hour travel day from Australia (to) South Africa, I've been diagnosed positive to COVID-19", he wrote on his Instagram story.

'I am completely asymptomatic at the moment and will have to quarantine in an isolation facility in Potchefstroom.

"I am not a person that complains, but I feel that I need to express my disappointment with the conditions we are in".

Players also stayed in a "bubble" environment at last year's US Open in NY, which went ahead behind closed doors, and the delayed French Open.

Tiley said that the tournament would continue with its ongoing testing practices, rather than players like Tsitsipas now being specifically tested.

This may end up being a thing.

He tested positive upon arrival to South Africa.

All that confirms is he was negative at the time of the that test?

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