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Australia's locked down Victoria state reports 2 new local COVID-19 cases

It comes as there's a possible ray of light this morning for locked-down Victorians - Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is well-placed for lockdown to lift as planned tomorrow.

Exposure sites linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak include the entirety of Melbourne Airport Terminal 4 between 4:45am and 2:00pm on Tuesday, when authorities estimate up to 5000 people passed through the terminal.

Australian Open director Craig Tiley gave assurances that the tournament would continue, with players deemed essential workers exempt from lockdown, competing in a "bubble form".

Spectators will still be allowed to attend matches on Friday, including Nick Kyrgios' showdown with World No.3 Dominic Thiem. "Those essential to the delivery of the event will be on site". "But they will not function as an entertainment event".

As a result, whilst the courts at Melbourne Park will be occupied, the stands will not.

Players, officials and support staff will be subject to the same stage four restrictions as the rest of the state.

"This is a high stakes game, when (there's) a virus that has caused devastation across the Northern Hemisphere and many, many other countries in the world and may soon be the predominant variant of concern globally, and we can not afford to be wrong here", Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters. The person had been taken to hospital from quarantine for an unrelated condition and later tested positive.

"We feel at the moment that the risk is very low", Hunt told reporters.

"I understand that many people will be concerned and anxious, but I am confident that if we stick together, this short, sharp circuit breaker will be effective".

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The two cases, including a 3-year-old child, were the first two who were not household contacts of a cluster of infected workers at a quarantine hotel at Melbourne airport which had triggered the five-day lockdown, health authorities said.

Victoria recorded five new COVID-19 cases on Friday, all of which are connected to the Holiday Inn outbreak.

One of the five is believed to have had some contact with Camberwell Grammar School.

Meanwhile, a tennis player from Greece who participated in the ATP Cup in Australia in early February tested positive for COVID-19 while in South Africa.

People line up as they wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the Sunbury Respiratory Clinic in Melbourne.

"They've been doing this all year", Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park.

"Rod Laver Arena will have incredible atmosphere, not that different to the atmosphere we've seen at all the Opens in the years past". Nonetheless, it is a blow to the tournament, which had been operating with a limit of 30,000 fans per day, organised around three zones to ensure that social distancing regulations were followed.

The problems at the Australian Open, the biggest worldwide sports event so far this year, underline the difficulties of holding the much more complex Tokyo Olympics, which are due to start in July after a year's delay.

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