Australia’s Victoria state declares MCG Stadium as Covid-19 hotspot, thousands of fans asked to quarantine

Australia's Victoria declares MCG Stadium as Covid-19 hotspot with thousands of fans asked to quarantine after infected person attends AFL
Australia's Victoria declares MCG Stadium as Covid-19 hotspot with thousands of fans asked to quarantine after infected person attends AFL

MCG Stadium: Australia’s premier sporting destination, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has turned into a COVID-19 hotspot after an infected person attended a football match. The local Victorian government has asked thousands of them to self-isolate as the cluster grew to 15 in the last three days alone.

It came to light that the infected person was among 23,400 people attending an Australian Football League match on Sunday, forcing authorities to include the marquee MCSG Stadium in the list of virus-exposed locations in Melbourne. Other than MCG Stadium, dozens of restaurants, pubs and cafes have also been added to the list as the cluster grew.

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MCG Stadium: An infected person was among about 23,400 people who attended an Australian Football League (AFL) match at the MCG on Sunday, state officials said as the cluster of infections in Melbourne grew to 15 in the past 3 days.

Victoria on Tuesday reinstated restrictions on gatherings and made masks mandatory in restaurants, hotels and other indoor venues until June 4, while New Zealand paused its quarantine-free travel with the state for three days.

MCG Stadium: The new cases have been traced back to an Indian variant of the virus found in an overseas traveller who had completed quarantine, but officials have not found how the coronavirus spread into the wider community.

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MCG Stadium: Australia has successfully tackled past outbreaks with swift contact tracing, local shutdowns and tough social distancing rules helping keep its Covid-19 numbers relatively low compared with other developed countries. It has recorded just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths since the pandemic began.

A second wave of Covid-19 hit Victoria late last year resulting in the state accounting for about 70% of total cases and 90% of deaths in Australia. That outbreak was only brought under control after a long and strict lockdown.

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