North Melbourne’s players will be forced to complete a 14-day quarantine upon returning to Victoria this weekend, but the players will be granted special exemptions to train and play while in isolation.
The Kangaroos travelled to Perth on Friday ahead of their round six fixture against the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium.
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Less than one hour after touching down in Perth, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan announced the Perth and Peel regions would enter a three-day lockdown following a minor spike in community transmission of COVID-19.
Perth was subsequently declared a “red zone” by the Victorian Government.
North Melbourne’s game against Fremantle went ahead, albeit without spectators in bizarre scenes reminiscent of the 2020 premiership — the Dockers secured a comfortable 14.15 (99) to 6.12 (48) victory.
The Kangaroos leave the field.Source:Getty Images
The Herald Sun reported North Melbourne’s players would be tested for COVID-19 when they returned from Perth on Sunday before completing a mandatory two-week quarantine, which will end on Sunday, May 9.
Although the Kangaroos will be locked in their homes, players will be able to train and prepare for matches, according to the report.
The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph told Fox Footy on Sunday: “North Melbourne is flying home across the Nullarbor this morning having being granted a state government permission and exemption to train and play while they are in that 14-day lockdown.
“Of course they’re in the red zone so having got out of it means they will be locked down within their homes, but they will potentially still be able to play in Hobart next Sunday against the Melbourne Football Club.
“The AFL tells me today even though they’re in that lockdown the hope is that it may ease by midweek — they certainly are in no rush to make that decision on that game.”
Meanwhile, Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles are scheduled to take part in a West Australian derby next weekend, meaning no interstate teams will be travelling to or from Perth.
“The West Coast players flew home on Saturday night,” Ralph told Fox Footy. “Both West Coast and Fremantle will hope that they can get a special government exemption to train during the week, if it is that the lockdown extends further.”
WA Premier Mark McGowan.Source:Getty Images
Western Australia recorded one new case of coronavirus after a man attended a Malaysian restaurant in Kardinya.
The man, in his 40s, presented for a COVID-19 test on Saturday after realising he had attended Kitchen Inn on South Street last weekend.
This was the same time the two previous confirmed cases — a Kardinya woman and a Melbourne man — had visited the restaurant.
McGowan thanked the community for co-operating during the lockdown, describing it as a “serious situation”.
“This has been a rapidly evolving situation. I know it has been difficult and I know it has been frustrating,” he said.
“But if we can all work together and do the right thing over the next few days we will increase our chances of stopping the virus in its tracks — just like we’ve done before.
“The early signs have been encouraging. People have largely listened to the instructions and done the right thing.”
More than 4000 tests were conducted at public and private COVID clinics on Friday.
— with NCA NewsWire
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