Australian Open arrivals hit by 2 COVID positive tests

BREAKING: Chaos after two people test positive on Australian Open charter flight

BREAKING: Chaos after two people test positive on Australian Open charter flight

Madison Keys announced Thursday she tested positive for COVID-19, weeks ahead of the Australian Open.

Two people on a flight filled with professional tennis players from Los Angeles have tested positive for Covid - with the safety of Melbourne hosting the Australian Open next month now called into question.

The No. 16-ranked woman in the world, Keys implied in her statement she would miss the Australian Open, which opens February 8.

Five-time finalist Andy Murray returned a positive reading, forcing him to miss a scheduled charter flight to Melbourne, with his place in this year's tournament now in severe doubt.

Murray, 33, was set to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday or Friday on a chartered flight but has now been forced to remain in London and isolate at home after testing positive to the virus.

With three weeks to go before the Open is due to start, it will be a race against time for Murray, with all players having to test negative and undergo 14 days quarantine.

Two people on a charter flight bringing players and their entourages to Melbourne for the Australian Open have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.

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But Victorian state health minister Martin Foley said the Scotsman won't be getting any special favours. The Victoria government said hundreds of staff members had been hired to attend to the needs of those in the quarantine hotels and the police would play a role in enforcing quarantine rules.

Players and officials were supposed to have received a negative COVID-19 tests before they boarded their flights.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.

Despite the quarantine, Tiley said he expected virtually all the top players to make the trip with a handful of exceptions, including the injured Roger Federer and John Isner, who pulled out over the Covid-19 restrictions.

Britain's Andy Murray reacts after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 14, 2019. "We are running a hotel quarantine model to the highest standard, and they are the important decisions that have been made".

American Tennys Sandgren, who was cleared to fly when his recent positive test was deemed to be viral shedding, was also believed to be on board.

"Anyone waiting to travel to the AO who has previously tested positive to COVID-19 is required to provide additional and highly detailed medical information as proof they are a recovered case and no longer infectious or a risk to the community", the statement said.

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