August 11, 2021
Melbourne (Reuters) -Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has labeled the Government of South Australia “cruel and uncaring” by imposing an additional two-week quarantine on athletes returning to the state from the Tokyo Olympics. .. 28th day.
International arrivals in Australia must be quarantined for 14 days at a quarantine hotel or other special facility as part of the COVID-19 restriction.
South Australia (SA) imposes an additional 14-day home quarantine requirement for arrivals from Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales in eastern Australia fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. increase.
The AOC said the SA rejected the request for an exemption from the additional quarantine period.
“We are exposing us to the cruelest and most unfriendly treatment while other countries are celebrating the return of their athletes,” AOC CEO Matt Carroll said in a statement Wednesday. rice field.
“They are punished for their outstanding and proud representation of their country at the Olympics.”
A SA government spokesperson was unable to provide immediate comment, but repeated state quarantine rules.
According to the AOC, 56 members of the Australian Olympic team have returned to SA and 16 have already been quarantined in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales.
“Our Olympic athletes are not only fully vaccinated, but also live in a highly controlled bubble in Tokyo, with great care and daily testing for weeks. “I’m doing it,” Carroll said.
“There is no explanation as to why the application was rejected on behalf of these athletes.”
David Hughes, Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Institute of Sport, said the additional quarantine period could not be scientifically justified and poses a significant risk to the physical and mental health of affected individuals.
Due to the combination of strict travel, border control and snap lockdown, Australia is far superior to many other developed countries during the pandemic, recording less than 37,000 COVID-19 cases and less than 1,000 deaths. Did.
(Report by Ian Ransom of Melbourne, edited by Hugh Lawson)
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