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3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

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By DENNIS PASSA

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6 ( +7 / -1 )

Take heed Japan.

This is a single sport, with charter flights, featuring players from hardly 2 dozen countries, rigorous testing, a strict 2 week quarantine, and no foreign audience coming in... and yet the virus is geting through.

Might as well cancel the Olympics now and save whatever yen you still can.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Why is airport testing failing to catch these cases?

Or are people catching the virus in flight?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Why is airport testing failing to catch these cases?

This is the big question.

I thought everyone must be tested negative before enter an airplane...

0 ( +4 / -4 )

People can get infected after testing, its within 72 hours of a flight, a big window

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Thats why quarantine upon arrival is required

5 ( +5 / -0 )

If Australia cannot hold a Covid safe tennis competition, how on Earth does Japan think they can hold a Covid safe Olympics.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Do NOT let them out of hard quarantine to practice, no matter how hard they may whine. If someone or someONES contract Covid-19 as a result that's it for the tournament (or should be). There should be ZERO exceptions to the rule.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Why is airport testing failing to catch these cases?This is the big question.

I thought everyone must be tested negative before enter an airplane..."

Everyone tested negative prior to departure, the positive cases were found after being tested on arrival.

Of course, this is guaranteed not to happen in Japanese model driven "safety Olympics" despite tens of thousands flying in from a couple hundred countries. Suga and Mori "pledged" it and Japan is unique, so thats all the reassurance we need,... phew.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

This is a relatively small event held in Australia, a few hundred players, 1,000 staff and officials already descending into chaos with practice, accommodation and eating difficulties.

Now imagine the Olympics in Tokyo with 15,000 athletes, and 10,000s of officials, volunteers, judges, VIPs, local committee members, team support staff - just 6 months away ...

6 ( +6 / -0 )

"Why is airport testing failing to catch these cases?"

Because there is a small chance that a negative will test positive a few days later because of the amount of virus in the blood

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Maybe rename it the Grand Sham?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

divindaToday  

Might as well cancel the Olympics now and save whatever yen you still can.

If only... But they are committed to do it with their stereotype stubborness

sigh

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The regret of choosing to participate must be palpable.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Why is no one speaking about the elephant in the room? Australia has closed its borders. Normal Aussies have no chance to come and go. But because money talks, they made an exception for these elites in order to hold the tournament. So if they were making an exception to the rules for them to enter, why are they unable to make an exception to the quarantine rules? Now the tournament will be messed up and forever have an asterisk by it.

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