According to Reuters, because there were no new cases in Australia on the mainland for another day, Australian authorities said that people who came to participate in the Australian Open need to be quarantined in hotels for 14 days, which is very important to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
This request was questioned by some of the world’s top tennis players who came to the competition, including Novak Djokovic, who ranked first in the world. The athletes suggested that between now and the start of the Australian Open on February 8, they should be quarantined at their residences equipped with tennis courts.
But Victoria Governor Daniel Andrews told the media: “Everyone is free to appeal, but the quarantine measures will not change. They know where they’re going and we don’t offer shortcuts or make special arrangements.”
More than 70 players and their entourage were placed in the hotel for quarantine after three Australian Open charter flights were tested positive for COVID-19. Victoria said Tuesday that it had found four new confirmed cases among quarantined personnel, but did not count as community transmission.
In 2020, Victoria, the second most populous state in Australia, faced heavy pressure as the second-most populous state in Australia, after months of lockdown to combat a second wave of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in neighboring New South Wales, Hollywood actor Matt Damon was granted a hotel quarantine exemption after arriving in Sydney, the filming place of the sequel to Thor. Matt Damon is believed to have arrived in Australia on a private plane and will be quarantined for 14 days in a safe and secure rental house and pay for hospital-level cleaning services during this period.
Although the number of new cases per day remains at zero or single digit levels, the Health Bureau said that Australia is unlikely to fully open its international borders in 2021.