The National Basketball League is reeling after 12 Melbourne United players have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Both Melbourne based teams — United and South East Melbourne Phoenix — will remain in lockdown after United training was suspended last week as players and staff went into a 14-day isolation period.
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United training was suspended after Mitch McCarron and Jo Lual-Acui reportedly tested positive.
Phoenix players and staff will also remain in isolation and will undergo testing with training suspended for both teams until further notice.
On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a “state of emergency” with a six weeks of stage four lockdown. This includes a curfew between 8pm and 5am, exercise restrictions, non-essential businesses forced to close, schools and universities returning to at-home learning and wedding bans among other restrictions.
In a statement, NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said the move had to happen as the well being of the people within the clubs is paramount.
“Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our players, staff and their families,” he said.
“This is a challenging time for everyone concerned and we are working closely with the clubs and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association (ABPA) to provide support for all those affected.
“We are also working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to manage the outbreak and limit any risk to the wider community.”
NBL reports Covid cases
NBL: The NBL has reported two cases of Coronavirus from two players at Melbourne United, meaning training has been temporarily halted.
The NBL season is still uncertain as the competition has yet to announce a start date for the season.
It comes after the 2019-20 season ended after the Sydney Kings pulled out of the finals series amid the coronavirus campaign with two games remaining, with the Perth Wildcats 2-1 up in the series. The Wildcats were crowned champions.
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