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(AP) -- Health authorities confirmed Saturday that two positive COVID-19 cases emerged from a charter flight from Los Angeles carrying tennis players and officials to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
That will force all passengers from that flight into a strictly-enforced 14-day hotel quarantine without the ability to leave their hotel rooms - and for the players not to be able to practice.
"An aircrew member and Australian Open participant who is not a player have been transferred to a health hotel following positive test results for coronavirus (COVID-19)," Victoria state's health department said in a statement. "The aircrew member and the passenger have been interviewed and transferred to a health hotel as per normal processes for positive cases.