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Australian Open: 47 players In quarantine after positive Covid-19 tests on two charter flights

January 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Preparations for the Australian Open hit a major stumbling block on Saturday after 47 players were told they couldn't train or practice after some passengers on two charter planes arriving in Melbourne returned positive Covid-19 test results.

(CNN)Preparations for the Australian Open hit a major stumbling block on Saturday after 47 players were told they couldn't train or practice after some passengers on two charter planes arriving in Melbourne returned positive Covid-19 test results.

Twenty-four players on a charter flight from the US to Melbourne are required to quarantine for two weeks after a member of the flight crew and a passenger -- not a player -- tested positive.

Another 23 players are also in quarantine following the arrival in Melbourne of a charter flight carrying 64 people from Abu Dhabi.

One person -- again not a player -- tested positive after the flight, despite presenting documentation of a negative Covid-19 test prior to takeoff.

Australian Open organizers released two statements on Saturday detailing how the players would be impacted.

"All passengers from the flight are already in quarantine hotels and the positive case, who is not a player and had tested negative before the flight, has been transferred to a health hotel," said the second statement in reference to the Abu Dhabi-Melbourne flight.

The passengers who tested positive for the virus on the US flight were also transferred to a health hotel.

"Our thoughts are with the two people who tested positive on the flight and we wish them well for their recovery," said Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley in the organizers' first statement.

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Prior to Saturday's developments, tournament organizers had said players would also "undergo a more rigorous testing schedule than most returning travelers. "

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