An Australian spectator who attended the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia last month has tested positive for COVID-19. In the wake of the development, local authorities have issued a warning to all the spectators who had attended the second day of the Boxing Day Test, advising them to get themselves tested and get quarantined.
The man, in his 30s, had attended the Test match on December 27 and was seated in the Zone 5 of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). There are apprehensions that the mystery case might have acquired the virus at the stadium. According to reports, the spectator was asymptomatic on the day he attended the Test match and developed symptoms on January 5 (Tuesday).
“Based on the information available from the case, the man in his 30s, was not infectious while at the sites, but there is potential he acquired the virus while there,” the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
“We’re encouraging anyone who was in The Great Southern Stand, zone 5 of the MCG between 12.30pm and 3.30pm on 27 December, to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result,” added the statement.
Following the development, the local authorities are working to trace all the ticket buyers who were present at Zone 5 in order to ensure that all of them get themselves tested and also isolate themselves. The incident comes on the back of recent controversy regarding the alleged bio-bubble breach from five Indian players.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw were recently seen visiting an indoor restaurant in Melbourne. After the incident, the Australian media accused the players of breaching the bio-bubble and called for an investigation. The BCCI, however, maintained that the players followed all the protocols and recently announced that all the members of the team have tested negative for COVID-19.
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