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'No special treatment' - Australia rebuffs tennis stars' quarantine complaints

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The IOC must be watching this with great interest

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Wow... contrast this with Japan telling everyone it's voluntary, then saying they had no idea it would spread and were caught off guard. Good on them for sticking to their guns.

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You can understand why Djokovic is the least popular of the big 3 - he really has a self entitlement problem.

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I read that the athletes were promised a 5 hour per day training session and only complained when that was taken away.

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Wow

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews smashed back that request, saying authorities would not bend strict health rules any further for the players.

"There's no special treatment here. Because the virus doesn't treat you specially, so neither do we," he said.

I absolutely cannot come up with a comment or response better than that. Whether one is for or against lockdowns I have to commend Premier Andrews for showing the leadership and courage to make such an unwavering and unapologetic (and correct) statement.

Nothing is vague about what he said.

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Stupid idea to hold an international sporting event in times of Global pandemic.

Dumb sponsor companies should have just used advertising budget to allow the Players and staff to receive a payment (it is their job after all), creating goodwill.

Now they just look selfish, and silly.

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There is only one good reason to allow them out of quarantine and it involves a journey to the airport.

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They knew the rules, and can't complain. Really they get paid an awrsom amount of money to play a game if hitting a ball is.....well. Good for them. But at the moment and thankfully medical staff are the stars albeit not getting anything like the compensation they should or could get. Now if they were adept at hitting a ball?

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3 of 15flghts had infected passengers, and those must have been on very strict anticovid routines/measures before the flights, its really hard to prevent transmission

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@Ian

3 of 15 flights had infected passengers

That is my question too...how is that possible if EVERYONE needs a negative test to get on the plane.

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harry:

There is only one good reason to allow them out of quarantine and it involves a journey to the airport.

Or to intensive care!

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''That is my question too...how is that possible if EVERYONE needs a negative test to get on the plane.''

Hey Monty, I've seen you ask this kind of question earlier too.

You can have the virus and test negative in the initial incubation period. Follow up tests will then reveal the true result. This has been known since last April, I'm surprised it's news to you.

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Whooo there is a ball....I hit that, I'm so special.

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That is my question too...how is that possible if EVERYONE needs a negative test to get on the plane.

It should be easy to understand, people are infected but not yet have virus in quantities enough to be detected, after a time the virus titers increase and they can notice their infection. That is why even when negative they must be kept in isolation for at least two weeks, because this possibility is taken into account.

Obviously the people that turned out positive were not isolated before boarding the airplane, got infected (but not detected on the pre-flight test) and made every other passenger a close contact.

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Tokyo-EngrToday  12:47 pm JST

Wow

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews smashed back that request, saying authorities would not bend strict health rules any further for the players.

"There's no special treatment here. Because the virus doesn't treat you specially, so neither do we," he said.

I absolutely cannot come up with a comment or response better than that. Whether one is for or against lockdowns I have to commend Premier Andrews for showing the leadership and courage to make such an unwavering and unapologetic (and correct) statement.

Nothing is vague about what he said.

Andrews' leadership is highly suspect. As premier of Victoria he spent a sizeable chunk of last year passing off the blame to others for the quarantine debacle, and has now allowed athletes and officials in from case hotspots overseas while preventing Victorians from getting back to their own homes from interstate. He's directly contracted himself in that quote by giving special treatment to the tennis people.

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Andrews' leadership is highly suspect. As premier of Victoria he spent a sizeable chunk of last year passing off the blame to others for the quarantine debacle

You've spent a sizeable chunk of the past year criticising the Victorian government for imposing a lockdown which in most people's eyes saved the state from a catastrophic situation, while at the same time avoiding admitting that much of the blame for the death toll from last year's quarantine debacle rests as much with the Australian Federal Government as it does with Victoria, thanks to their incompetent and parsimonious administration of aged care homes in the state. I would have thought that given your habitual skepticism regarding the seriousness of this pandemic that you would have welcomed the resumption of business as usual, and would have praised the holding of the Open as an example of what the Government ought to be doing. Instead of which, your very special ideological distaste for the allegedly socialistic Premier leads you into yet another one-eyed diatribe against a leader who remains very popular within his State.

The end result of that lockdown you never seemed to tire of criticising has given Victoria (and Australia) the relatively fortunate situation we find ourselves in. I shudder to think what the situation here would have been like today if you and those other posters who seemed to make the Victorian situation their own very special business to pass judgement on from afar had seen your dreams come true.

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Big Yen, if that were the case, why was it that Victoria had 800-odd out of the 900-odd deaths, whereas the death toll in the other states has been tiny? Your defence of Andrews doesn't support the facts. The other states did not lock down even close to the extent Victoria did, and again, had far better results. Andrews has continuously lied and obfuscated about the quarantine debacle that's resulted in senior Victorian public servants resigning, plus the health minister herself, claiming that Andrews basically threw her under the bus to save his own skin. You can't lay the blame with the Federal Government when it's only Victoria that's had such poor results.

I wouldn't have a problem with the tennis players and officials coming in if he allowed Victorians to come home.The double standards are disgraceful, but to be expected from Andrews.

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@ kryonstavic

I wouldn't say NSW has done any better a job what with the Ruby Princess and the current situation with an American air crew not being subject to the same restrictions as everyone else.

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StarbucksToday  06:12 pm JST

@ kryonstavic 

I wouldn't say NSW has done any better a job what with the Ruby Princess and the current situation with an American air crew not being subject to the same restrictions as everyone else.

The relatives of 800-odd people who died in Victoria might disagree with you.

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They knew the rules, and can't complain. Really they get paid an awrsom amount of money to play a game if hitting a ball is.....well. 

According to a TV breakfast host's comment this morning players lose in the first round gets paid $90,000 (did not say whether it is USD or AUD but I think it is AUD). I do not know tennis enough to say if it is a big amount or not.

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Big Yen, if that were the case, why was it that Victoria had 800-odd out of the 900-odd deaths, whereas the death toll in the other states has been tiny?

You know why, and so do I. Victoria had a breakout which was the result of mismanagement of the quarantine program by the Andrews government. The successful resolution of that breakout was the result of decisive action by the Andrews government to rectify its own mistake, the only action that could have been undertaken, an action which you continuously criticised as being unnecessary and too harsh in your many posts on this issue. You have also refused to admit that it is the Federal Government's ongoing inaction on the issue of staffing nursing homes and the standards to which they operate that led to so many deaths in that sector.

The other states did not lock down even close to the extent Victoria did, and again, had far better results.

Of course, because they didn't have to. Victoria's results either side of the lockdown have been just as good as anywhere else, if not better (e.g. NSW).

the health minister herself, claiming that Andrews basically threw her under the bus to save his own skin.

Yeah. The Health Minister has no responsibility for public health. What was she being paid for?

I wouldn't have a problem with the tennis players and officials coming in if he allowed Victorians to come home.

I also think Victorians wanting to come home should have priority, but even then I wouldn't agree with tennis players and officials coming in at this time. Most Victorians don't. That you do shows that you don't take this pandemic seriously.

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At the end of the day you really can’t criticise what the various states in Australia did . They still have extremely low infections and deaths compared to other western countries . Sure there have been issues but those have been dealt with way better then other countries.

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@ kryonstavic

My concern with you is that you cherry pick which governments you criticise. Had this been a liberal government in Victoria I doubt we'd here boo from you. As for people wanting to come home the plane I came back on in April was almost empty. Anybody saying they can't get back now should have left earlier when warnings were given.

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