The Australian Open run-up was thrown into virus panic on Wednesday as health officials confirmed a positive COVID test at the main player hotel.

Victoria’s state health body overseeing the anti-virus effort, said in a statement that a positive test had turned up for a guard at the Grand Hyatt hotel where many players only last weekend ended their 14-day quarantine.

“We are aware of a new positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Hotel Quarantine worker,” the statement read.

“Our public health teams are investigating and close contacts are being notified. More details will be provided throughout the evening.”

The state has gone 28 days without a COVID case. 

Reports indicate that all players who stayed in the CBD five-star establishment may have to be re-tested with urgency and isolate for at least a day until results are returned.

 With multiple ATP and WTA events being staged simultaneously this week at Melbourne Park prior to the Monday start of the Open, the situation could not be more complex.

Suggestions are that up to 500-600 people connected to the Grand Slam are affected.

Melbourne media reported the positive test came from a volunteer worker working security during the recent quarantine.

Premier Dan Andrews said that the state will bring back restrictions from midnight local time including masks indoors and no gatherings larger than 15 people.

“This is one case. There’s no need for people to panic,” Andrews said.

“There’s no need for people to be alarmed. We Victorians know what to do, and we have proven, as a state, very successful at managing these sorts of outbreaks, these sorts of issues.”


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