A spectator at Australia-India Boxing Day Test has tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said on Wednesday, warning fans seated nearby that they must get tested and isolate.
State health authorities said the man in his thirties was not infectious while at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground on the second day of play “but there is potential he acquired the virus while there” or at a nearby shopping centre.
“The MCG is being investigated as a potential source for the infection,” Victoria’s Department of Health said.
“We’re encouraging anyone who was in The Great Southern Stand, zone 5 of the MCG between 12.30pm and 3.30pm on December 27 to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.”
The news comes on the eve of the third Test between Australia and India, which has caused some controversy by being played in Sydney, the epicentre of a recent outbreak.
The number of spectators has been restricted to 25 percent of seating capacity in order to make sure it does not become a mass spreading event.
Despite having been largely free of Covid-19, Australia is currently battling to bring a cluster of cases under control and hoping aggressive testing and contact tracing can help avoid full-scale lockdowns.