After two months without having to deplore the slightest case of Covid-19, Melbourne is again affected. Three women tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. One month away from the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.
And the organizers of the Australian Open to shake again. After having been forced to postpone the traditional first round of the Grand Slam of the three-week season due to the fourteen-day quarantine imposed on any visitor whatsoever, the tournament management thought it was safe from the slightest disillusionment. Just as she was far from suspecting that a possible question mark could once again hover over the maintenance of the event, now scheduled for February 8 to 21. And for good reason : a time strongly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Melbourne, where the Australian Open is taking place, had not seen the shadow of a Covid-19 case for 61 days. Two very encouraging months which unfortunately ended on Wednesday with the announcement on local television channels of the first three positive cases since the end of October.
At one month of D-day, it is again the blur …
#BREAKING: Health officials have discovered three new cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne.
9News understands the new cases have been identified in the suburbs of Mentone, Hallam and Mitcham. # 9News
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The authorities of the State of Victoria thus indicated on the eve of New Year’s Eve and therefore of the transition to the New Year that three women had been infected with the coronavirus. Bad news, for Australians and Melbourne residents in the first place, but also for tennis enthusiasts. One big month away from the ATP Cup, which will be held from February 1 to 5 in the same city of Melbourne and whose twelve qualified countries have been known for a few hours, but also from this 2021 Australian Open which thought it could sleep on his two ears without having to worry about the evolution of the situation, it again seems impossible to ensure one hundred percent that the competition will continue. The next few hours should allow us to learn more about potentially dangerous areas and it is to be expected that a strengthening of the borders will be announced. Not very reassuring, not to say worrying.