Just under 30,000 people attended the Boxing Day test at the MCG.© Twitter
An onlooker at Australia’s Boxing Day test against India has tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said Wednesday, warning fans nearby to get tested and isolated. State health authorities said the man in his thirties was not contagious when he was at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground on matchday 2 “but there is a chance he contracted the virus while there” or in a nearby area. mall. “The MCG is being investigated as a possible source for the infection,” said Victoria’s Department of Health.
“We encourage anyone who was at The Great Southern Stand, Zone 5 of the MCG on December 27 between 12:30 and 3:30 pm, to get tested and isolated until they get a negative result.”
The Boxing Day Test is a centerpiece of the Australian sports calendar, with just under 30,000 people in attendance this year, short of capacity.
Despite being largely free of Covid-19, Australia is currently fighting to get a cluster of cases under control and hopes that aggressive testing and contact tracking can help prevent full lockdowns.
The news comes on the eve of the third test between Australia and India, which has caused some controversy by being played in Sydney, the epicenter of a recent outbreak.
The number of spectators is limited to 25 percent of the seats to ensure that it does not become a mass dispersal.
Authorities in New South Wales said the Melbourne revelation “clearly influenced our thinking” about how the Sydney Test would go without elaborating.
India’s tour Down Under is ravaged by Covid-19-related issues.
Five players were criticized for seemingly breaching the team’s biosafety bubble by going to a restaurant.
And there are still questions about whether the two teams should be quarantined for the final Test in Brisbane next week.
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