Coronavirus crisis: Hotel quarantine staff partied days before worker tested positive to COVID-19

Victoria has recorded no new domestically acquired coronavirus circumstances because it was revealed resort quarantine organisers partied with workers concerned within the Australian Open days before a worker tested positive to COVID-19.

Greater than 14,600 Victorians had been swabbed on Thursday, with the ready occasions at some websites stretching longer than three hours.

The Victorian Well being Division confirmed three new circumstances had been recorded on Thursday morning, all in returned travellers in resort quarantine.

In the meantime, COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria has confirmed it held a “small perform” for 60 workers on the View Hotel – one in every of three resorts used to quarantine Australian Open tennis gamers, officers and help workers – on Sunday.

Three days later a 26-year-old man – who labored at one other resort linked to the event – tested positive to COVID-19, ending the state’s 28-day run with out group transmission.

“CQV held a small perform to thank operational workers together with workforce leaders, web site and common managers for his or her appreciable efforts in facilitating the complicated quarantine program for the Australian Open,” a authorities spokeswoman mentioned in a press release.

People associated with the Australian Open are seen lining up at a testing facility at the View Melbourne Hotel.
Digicam IconFolks related to the Australian Open are seen lining up at a testing facility on the View Melbourne Hotel. Credit score: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Photographs

“Workers and visitors noticed the identical public well being security necessities that every one Victorians are required to adhere to when attending public gatherings.”

It’s nonetheless unknown if the person is carrying a more-virulent worldwide variant of the virus, with the outcomes of genomic testing anticipated on Friday.

Late on Thursday, the well being division confirmed it had recognized 17 of the quarantine worker’s shut social and family contacts.

Fifteen of these have tested adverse thus far, together with two of his family contacts.

The ultimate two outcomes among the many close-contact cohort are anticipated to be introduced on Friday.

An extra 600 informal contacts have additionally been advised to isolate and get tested, as have 507 tennis gamers, officers and help workers.

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley mentioned 495 of these had returned adverse outcomes, with simply 12 nonetheless pending after being tested late on Thursday.

“It’s a timing factor,” he advised Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.

“Hopefully within the subsequent few hours we get the positive final result that every one are adverse.”

Melbourne Park lead-up matches will resume on Friday following Thursday’s suspension.

Mr Tiley mentioned the Open would go forward as deliberate from subsequent Monday and there was no change to crowd preparations, initially capped between 25,000 to 30,000 every day.