The Victorian Government has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case attended an AFL game between Essendon and North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium over the weekend.
Just hours after the Bombers touched down in Perth, the Victorian Health Department announced the stadium as a new coronavirus hotspot.
It is understood a person attended Sunday’s game and has since returned a positive test.
AFL fans sitting in Level 1 between aisles 5 and 28 or Level 3 between aisles 6 and 29 must get tested and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.
“The Department is working with the AFL and Marvel stadium to contact spectators to provide this advice,” a statement read.
“Some individuals with the closest contact to the positive case will be directly provided more specific advice from the Department of Health.
“Others attending the stadium not located in these areas will be advised to check for symptoms and be tested if any develop.”
There were 10 new local cases recorded in Victoria today.
Essendon are scheduled to play the Eagles this Saturday night after making a mercy dash west this afternoon in a bid to avoid being locked out of WA.
They touched down just before 1pm today.
The Bombers playing group travelled by bus to the Tribe Hotel in East Perth where they will spend the next five days.
Under the current border conditions, anyone arriving in the State from Melbourne must isolate until they return a negative test but those conditions are subject to change.
The AFL released a statement today saying: “The AFL is aware that a person who attended the Sunday May 23 match at the Marvel Stadium between Essendon and North Melbourne has since tested positive to COVID-19.
“All patrons who were sitting on Level 1 in-between Aisles 5 and 28 or Level 3 in-between Aisles 6 and 29 are being contacted by the Victorian Government and asked to immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative test.
“The Department of Health are also asking anyone else who attended the game and were seated outside of the area’s listed to monitor for symptoms and to get tested if symptoms develop.”
It comes after the MCG became a virus hotspot after infected fan attended the Collingwood and Port Adelaide game on May 23.
Victoria’s growing outbreak has forced Hawthorn’s clash with Gold Coast in Darwin this weekend to be postponed, according to foxfooty.com.au.
Both clubs have reportedly been told the Northern Territory will soon announce border restrictions.
More to come.