Australian Open: Number of Covid cases linked to tournament downgraded to eight

The number of positive COVID-19 tests linked to the Australian Open has been downgraded to eight after authorities reclassified one of the results as a previous infection, health officials said on Wednesday.

COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV), the government agency overseeing the quarantine of tennis players and officials ahead of the Grand Slam, said the reclassified case was a man in his 40s who is not a player.

The agency added another positive case had been “medically cleared” to leave isolation, leaving the total number of active cases at seven.

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No new cases were reported among the Australian Open cohort in quarantine on Wednesday.

More than 70 players have been confined to hotel rooms for two weeks after passengers on three charter flights taking them to Australia tested positive for coronavirus.

CQV said the reclassified case on Wednesday had no impact on close contacts of the positive tests on those flights, meaning the affected players and officials would remain in hard quarantine for the remainder of their 14-day isolation.

Australia recorded a 10th straight day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while Victoria state, which is hosting the Australia Open, has gone three weeks without a local case.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt tweeted to mark the 10th day of no community transmission of COVID-19 Australia wide, adding the country’s success comes at a time when global coronavirus cases have crossed 100 million with the death toll surpassing two million.

Australia has recorded more than 22,000 local cases since the pandemic began and 909 deaths.

Despite its relative success in handling the pandemic, Australia’s international borders will likely remain shut to non-citizens this year although there may be exclusive travel arrangements with its South Pacific neighbours.

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