Melbourne News just reported this:
It's been confirmed the two positive cases are an aircrew member and an #AusOpen
participant who isn’t a player. The passenger tested NEGATIVE pre-departure. Both have been taken to a health hotel in Melbourne. All remaining 66 passengers have been deemed close contacts.
POSITIVE CASES ON AUS OPEN CHARTER FLIGHT
Tennis players, coaches and officials on a charter flight from the U.S. which landed in Melbourne yesterday have been forced in 14 days hard lockdown after two passengers tested positive to COVID-19.
Players were originally given a daily 5-hour exemption to leave their rooms to train in the lead up to the Australian Open but an urgent email from Tennis Australia to passengers on board flight QR7493 shows they will now be forced to stay put in their hotel rooms.
Kazakhstani-Russian player Elena Rybakina (pictured) is among the players who arrived at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt yesterday. There is no suggestion she is one of the positive cases.
“Unfortunately, we have been informed by the health authorities that two people on your flight from LAX that arrived at 5:15am on Friday 15 January have returned positive COVID-19 PCR tests on arrival to Melbourne,” the email said.
“The Chief Health Officer has reviewed the flight and has determined that everyone on board needs to isolate and will be confined to their rooms for the 14 day quarantine period.
“We know this is not how you imagined your preparations for the AO would start but our entire team is here to support and do everything we can to get your through this.”
The flight is the same flight American player Tennys Sandgren tweeted he was allowed to board despite returning a positive shedding test. His case is reportedly not one of the two referenced in the email.