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Quarantine stepped up for Australian Open players on flight from LA

Australian Open players who shared a flight to Melbourne with two passengers who later tested positive for coronavirus have been confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days.

Sydney, 16 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Australian Open players who shared a flight to Melbourne with two passengers who later tested positive for coronavirus have been confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days.

An air crew member and a participant in the tennis tournament who is not a player tested positive after arriving on the charter flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Friday, AAP news agency reported, citing the state government’s quarantine authority.

All players were already obligated to undergo a two-week quarantine on arrival in Australia, but they were granted an exemption to train for several hours a day.

Anyone who was on the flight from Los Angeles will now have to make do with training in their hotel room.

Authorities did not say who was on board.

Players began to arrive in Melbourne on Friday ahead of the grand slam that starts Feb. 8, three weeks later than usual.

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