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Four new confirmed COVID cases, including an undisclosed player, in Australian Open ongoing crisis

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Four new COVID infections from Australian Open participants have been reported with news that one of the positive tests has come from an undisclosed player. 

Victoria health authorities have now reported nine infections among passengers that arrived in Melbourne on charter flights for the first Grand Slam of the year.

So far the positive cases have come from air crew, event support, coaches and broadcasters but Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, confirmed that one of Monday’s new infections was an Open player.

Professor Sutton warned that more cases may follow in the next few days as daily testing continues.

He said:  "I think the people who tested positive thus far were probably exposed before they got on the flights.

"But it will be the test results in coming days that will give us a picture of whether anyone's had infection transmitted to them on a flight.

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"That's why the rules are extremely strict for these tennis players and their entourage, as much as for any other international arrival."

Up to 72 Australian Open players are currently self-isolating for 14 days in Melbourne hotels unable to leave their room for any purpose including fitness training or practice.

Despite World number one Novak Djokovic requesting a loosening of restrictions for these players, it has been made clear by Australian officials that the rules will not be changed for anyone.

The new positive cases discovered today will no doubt be used as justification for the hard quarantine in place.

When asked about the new COVID infections, Premier Daniel Andrews replied that all were “associated with the tennis, and they’re all tucked away safely in hotel quarantine”.

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