Published: Tue, February 16, 2021

Melbourne starts snap virus lockdown, no crowds at Australian Open

Melbourne starts snap virus lockdown, no crowds at Australian Open

"Over the 14 days, it means we will have up to 390,000 people here at Melbourne Park, about 50 per cent of the average over the past few years", he said.

"But I think this is a promising start, these last three days, and I am proud of all Victorians for the hard work that they've put in". It is the third time that Melbourne will be heading into a coronavirus lockdown this year after a cluster of cases emerged at a hotel. "That is not the outcome we want".

It was a devastating setback for residents and businesses who underwent a similar lockdown in and around Melbourne for more than 100 days late a year ago in a successful effort to contain an earlier outbreak that infected thousands and killed about 800.

It was reported Sunday the child and a woman from another family had contracted the virus after attending a private function in Coburg on February 6.

Play at six warm-up tournaments in Melbourne was also suspended for a day last week when a worker tested positive at one of the official hotels.

"Both have been in isolation since February 12 and both tested and returned a positive sample in isolation on February 13".

"Given her exposure and the variability of those results, a public health team have taken the most conservative approach and have deemed her a positive case".

One hundred and fifty of those are contacts from the female identified on Monday, who worked at a psychiatric unit at The Alfred hospital and psychiatric wards at Broadmeadows Hospital and the Northern Hospital in Epping.

Australia's second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday (Feb 13) as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of Covid-19 cases sparked by the highly infectious United Kingdom variant. But, you know what, at the end of the day we have to do what's best.

"That just confirms that our active assumption. that there are at least a handful of cases out there that we don't know about".

"Every case on its merits, the individual circumstances, particularly the number of exposure days, the status of their primary and secondary close contacts - all those things which have been ritual the way through".

Small business owners were all the more distraught as the measures come over the Valentine's Day weekend, when they were counting on big profits to help recover from the earlier lockdown.

The departures terminal at Auckland International Airport.

"This is a high stakes game, when (there's) a virus that has caused devastation across the Northern Hemisphere and many, many other countries in the world and may soon be the predominant variant of concern globally, and we can not afford to be wrong here", Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters.

The Premier also suggested recent hotel quarantine infection control breaches around Australia had highlighted the difficulties of containing the United Kingdom strain and changes may be needed.

Meanwhile, a tennis player from Greece who participated in the ATP Cup in Australia in early February tested positive for COVID-19 while in South Africa.

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