Adelaide's COVID-19 cases cast uncertainty over test series


"With isolation or quarantine requirements changing for travellers from South Australia in a number of states and territories, we have already seen a number of customers booked to travel to and from Adelaide in the next few days take up this option", Qantas said in a statement.

Australia closed its borders to worldwide travellers in March but has allowed citizens and permanent residents to return home if they undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a hotel. Victoria accounts for most of Australia's almost 28,000 coronavirus infections and 907 deaths but has reported no new cases for several weeks after coming out of a lengthy lockdown.

Neighboring Victoria state, venue for the Boxing Day test, recorded a 17th straight day without any new cases on Monday after battling a major outbreak in Melbourne earlier this year.

The next 24-hours will be crucial in identifying the source of the "potentially disastrous" outbreak. By Monday, case numbers had jumped to 17.

It was a dramatic turn of events for the airline which turned 100 overnight.

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Wicketkeeper Paine and test teammate Matthew Wade are isolating in Tasmania after playing for the state against New South Wales. "Burnsy hasn't been in the form he'd like or scored the runs he'd like, but we know he does a good job, he averages close to 40 in Test cricket for Australia, which is great opening the batting and we expect him to start the summer". "We can not wait to see how bad this gets".

A woman in her 80s was diagnosed at Adelaide's Lyell McEwin Hospital emergency department on Saturday after visiting on Friday night, leading to 90 staff and patients being ordered to quarantine. "But if things don't go well for Tim, or he decides in the next 12 months or so that he's had enough, I'd like to think they would certainly consider Smith again".

"It's obvious that the highest risk in Australia right now is this risk of [virus] importation in our quarantine hotels", South Australia's chief health officer Nicola Spurrier said on Monday.

Four other members of the family are showing symptoms and are awaiting coronavirus testing results.

The cluster also prompted some other Australian states to reimpose strict quarantine measures on anybody arriving from South Australia - just days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expected all internal borders to be open by Christmas.

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