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If players or their entourage breach quarantine they should be immediately disqualified from playing in the tournament & send them home.
 
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LeeToRainesToRoach

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So some of the tennis players that have come in on the covid positive flights are complaining about not being allowed out of their hotel rooms. They realise that this was one of the guidelines they would need to abide by to come here. If they don't like it, I'd put them straight back on a charter flight out of Australia.
Some of them seem to have no awareness about the coronavirus situation in different countries.
 
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mrposhman

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Some of them seem to have no awareness about the coronavirus situation in different countries.

The thing is, this is their living. No Opens and no big pay cheque. They missed a fair amount of tournaments last year, you'd assume they'd want the money so they would do what they need to.

If its people like Novak, we should just send them home as he has been clear through all this, he doesn't give a stuff about anyone else, its all about Novak. Let someone else (more deserving) have a change at taking out the big money.
 
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mrposhman

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If this is true and someone changed the rules without telling the players, whoever it was should be fired from Tennis Australia.

The Australian government have been pretty clear where any relaxation on the rules for the tennis group vs everyone else existed. If someone within Tennis Australia communicated something different, then they should be fired. I can see the players frustrations if they were given 1 set of rules before taking off, then something different when they landed but support what they are doing.

Maybe Tennis Australia needs to think again about delaying the tournament so that players have enough time after quarantine to be at the right level of fitness to play.

Where was their contingency for if this exact situation was to occur? It was highly likely to occur so where is their contingency? Tennis Australia don't seem to have any.
 

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If this is true and someone changed the rules without telling the players, whoever it was should be fired from Tennis Australia.

The Australian government have been pretty clear where any relaxation on the rules for the tennis group vs everyone else existed. If someone within Tennis Australia communicated something different, then they should be fired. I can see the players frustrations if they were given 1 set of rules before taking off, then something different when they landed but support what they are doing.

Maybe Tennis Australia needs to think again about delaying the tournament so that players have enough time after quarantine to be at the right level of fitness to play.

Where was their contingency for if this exact situation was to occur? It was highly likely to occur so where is their contingency? Tennis Australia don't seem to have any.
I suspect all the correct information was given to the players and was either ignored, or never made it up the chain to them. This seems to be their standard defence whenever they get news they don’t like. Maria Sharapova’s defence when she got busted taking a banned substance springs to mind.
 

LeeToRainesToRoach

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The thing is, this is their living. No Opens and no big pay cheque. They missed a fair amount of tournaments last year, you'd assume they'd want the money so they would do what they need to.

If its people like Novak, we should just send them home as he has been clear through all this, he doesn't give a stuff about anyone else, its all about Novak. Let someone else (more deserving) have a change at taking out the big money.
To be fair it's probably a noisy minority misrepresenting the rest, although nobody in quarantine would be happy about how things have panned out. Yeah, the Djoker and his troupe would be favourites if there was a market on first breach.
 

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Just staggering decision making from the Victorian government. We’ve had a 3 month lockdown and brought cases down from 700 plus a day to nothing and all but eliminated the virus. Then we had a lapse due to infections in NSW but locked down the state to again bring it under control. Tough decisions made for the greater good but thousands of Victorians stranded interstate and can’t return to their homes. Very hard on them but ultimately for the greater good.

So we have Victorians stranded and unable to return to their own homes. Yet the government decides it’s perfectly fine to allow thousands of people from the worst infected areas in the world to just land on our doorstep. People from Europe and the USA where tens of thousands of people are becoming infected every day. Where thousands of people are dying every day. Yet we let them in but people who actually live here aren’t allowed to cross a river to come home.

It’s close to the most absurd decision I’ve ever witnessed. After all the hard work and tough decisions to get things under control they’ve basically rolling out the red carpet for the 3rd wave. I can not see how this doesn’t escape from hotel quarantine. No way the entitled prima donnas that are international elite athletes will abide by the quarantine protocols. At least some of them will find a way around it and infect a local hotel worker. Then the genie is out of the bottle and we’re all in lockdown again. Geez I hope I’m wrong but this is a recipe for disaster.

Absolutely *smile* unbelievable.


yes on the face of it,

it does seem entirely absurd on several levels.

If it follows the early trajectory of debacleness,

it could make the Ruby Princess look like worlds best practice epidemiology.
 

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This has been confirmed by a NZ player.
Yes. Evidently there was a meeting hook up information session a couple of weeks ago that she said very few players and coaches attended and she said she was very surprised by that. She said that the risks of flying in with someone who tested positive were clearly explained at that meeting
 

mrposhman

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Yes. Evidently there was a meeting hook up information session a couple of weeks ago that she said very few players and coaches attended and she said she was very surprised by that. She said that the risks of flying in with someone who tested positive were clearly explained at that meeting

If thats the case then I have zero sympathy for any of them. Bunch of whingers.
 
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As I've said before on this subject, tennis is such an individual game that who really cares who comes or if the tournament goes ahead in the midst of a global pandemic? So a few entitled brats can make a million?
It's such a non event right now when so many more important things are at stake. Should have been panned.
 
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LeeToRainesToRoach

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Two weeks locked in their rooms... some of them are going to go coco bananas. Expecting some headlines in the next fortnight, from angry texts at the very least!

How many days before "my human rights are being violated"?
 

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The US claims it has explosive new evidence that proves the coronavirus leaked from a research lab in Wuhan, China.

New documents reveal scientists in Wuhan fell ill with COVID-like symptoms in late 2019 - months before the pandemic began to ravage the world.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded the World Health Organisation launch an investigation into the possibility that COVID leaked “accidentally” from the lab in Wuhan.

China has denied accusations that it covered up the real origins of the virus and Beijing has thumbed its nose at international calls for a full investigation into the lab suspected of being the source of coronavirus.

Instead, China has been happy to let the theory roll along that the virus simply hatched in a local wet market in Wuhan and then made its way out into the world, where it has now killed more than two million people.

Mr Pompeo revealed new studies from US intelligence claiming that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) fell ill in the autumn of 2019 - earlier than previously believed - with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, The Sun reported.

“This raises questions about the credibility of WIV senior researcher Shi Zhengli’s public claim that there was ‘zero infection’ among WIV’s staff and students of SARS-CoV-2 or SARS-related viruses,” Mr Pompeo said.

Top aide to President Trump Matthew Pottinger claimed leaders in China are “admitting” theories suggesting COVID-19 started in a “wet market” are false.

The WHO team is set to look into the “wet market” originally linked to early infections, but there are believed to be no plans to investigate whether the virus accidentally escaped from the lab.

Mr Pompeo called on the WHO to investigate the lab, just one day after a team from the organisation landed in Wuhan.

“Beijing continues to withhold vital information that scientists need to protect the world from this deadly virus, and the next one,” Mr Pompeo argued.

He suggested it was a natural virus that had accidentally escaped the lab, rather than being a man-made virus that was purposelessly released.

A briefing document from the State Department read: “Accidental infections in labs have caused several previous virus outbreaks in China and elsewhere, including a 2004 SARS outbreak in Beijing that infected nine people, killing one.”

The report also suggests that researchers there had been working with a bat coronavirus known as RaTG13, that is 96.2 per cent similar genetically to the virus that causes COVID.

Mr Pompeo also claimed that the lab has military links.

“The WIV has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017,” he said.

Mr Pompeo wants Beijing to allow the WHO research team access to the Wuhan lab.

The State Department said: “WHO investigators must have access to the records of the WIV’s work on bat and other coronaviruses before the COVID-19 outbreak.

“As part of a thorough inquiry, they must have a full accounting of why the WIV altered and then removed online records of its work with RaTG13 and other viruses.”

It comes after online data related to the lab was deleted - sparking fresh accusations of a cover-up by the Chinese government.

Hundreds of pages of information connected to studies carried out by the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology have been wiped alongside key data from a top virologist nicknamed “Batwoman”.

More than 300 studies published by the National Natural Science Foundation of China - including investigations into diseases that transfer from animals to humans - are no longer available, The Mail on Sunday revealed.

The state-run organisation deleted scores of online content, including studies carried out by Wuhan based virologist Shi Zhengli - dubbed “Batwoman”.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/corona...y/news-story/3fda787529e7d8b177261d81e9574c14 (paywalled)
 

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‘WORST YET TO COME’ AS COVID DEATHS HIT 2 MILLION (paywalled)

The world has reached the terrible milestone of two million people dead from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with the US outpacing any other country in numbers of infections and fatalities.

The likely death toll is much higher due to inadequate testing in many countries and questions over the veracity of China’s official figures.

Deaths due to the virus in Latin America, Africa and Russia could be as much as 500 times greater than the official death toll.

Our world has reached a heart-wrenching milestone,” United Nations chief António Guterre said in a video statement.

“Behind this staggering number are names and faces: the smile now only a memory, the seat forever empty at the dinner table, the room that echoes with the silence of a loved one,” he added, calling for global unity to fund vaccination efforts.

The death toll could reach three million by April, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Due to faster spreading variants of the disease, the World Health Organisation said the situation will get worse.

We are going into a second year of this. It could even be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some of the issues that we are seeing,” said Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies official.