Members of the Zhōngguó Nǚzú, or Chinese Women’s Football team, are being held in isolation in a hotel in Brisbane. This is thanks to fears about the fatal coronavirus after they arrived for an Olympic Qualifier.
Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer of Queensland, has been quick, however, to assure the press that these athletes pose absolutely no risk to anyone. She has stated that everyone is well and that the quarantine is being undertaken purely as a precautionary measure.
Young described the team as incredibly cooperative, along with the Chinese consulate, and explained that if any of the players do end up showing symptoms they’ll be rushed to hospital as quickly as possible. Once there they’ll be assessed for the virus, tested, and then isolated if necessary. The athletes are being watched for symptoms like coughing, evidence of a fever, or shortness of breath, but all’s clear so far.
The team arrived in Australia via Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, where the Qualifying Tournament was originally supposed to be held. The event, which includes Australia, Taiwan, and Thailand, recently got moved from China to Sydney, with matches scheduled for the first week in February.
Australian Football let it be known that ticket sales for the games have been halted for now after medical experts’ advice was received letting them know that the coronavirus is contagious before those infected show any symptoms. They said that they are working hand-in-hand with our government and the Asian Football Confederation to investigate how this knowledge will impact the staging of Olympic Qualifiers for Women’s Football.
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