Morning mail: Australian Open chaos, Trump’s final days, kids in custody

Posted by on January 17, 2021 3:11 pm
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Monday: Tennis players frustrated after 70 placed in strict quarantine in Melbourne. Plus: the Indigenous children trapped behind bars

Good morning, this is Imogen Dewey bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 18 January. As Donald Trump enters his last week in the White House, the Australian government is looking into potentially adverse effects from the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in Norway, while positive Covid cases have sent preparations for the Australian Open into chaos.

Three Australian Open charter flights have now been sent into hard quarantine due to five positive Covid-19 test results among passengers on board (and counting), with around 72 players now unable to train for 14 days. The restrictions have divided players. Those who arrived without any positive tests on their flights are allowed five hours of training and fitness each day. Some players say they were not aware that sharing a plane with an infected person would be classed as close contact. One has been warned for breaching strict isolation rules by “opening his door” to talk to his friends. Still, the tournament is at this stage going ahead. Meanwhile, NSW recorded six new local Covid cases yesterday, including a healthcare worker at a Sydney hospital.

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