Melbourne (Reuters) – flash COVID-19 in Melbourne made 10 Australian football League (AFL) team to exit their base in the southern state of Victoria in the revised schedule to preserve the integrity of the competition.
Teams in the top division of Aussie rules will establish themselves and play matches in other States, besieged infection in the foreseeable future, the AFL said on Friday.
“The AFL needed to obtain 10 Victorian clubs of this state in connection with the alarming spike in COVID-19 infection,” the website of the League https://www.afl.com.au/news/460394/fixture-rewrite-vic-clubs-forced-north-for-r6-7-return-date-unknown said.
There were 66 new cases in Victoria on Friday after more than 70 cases in each of the previous four days.
Power restored lock on Thursday in more than 30 suburbs of Melbourne, mainly in the North and West.
The insulation proposed by the players of several teams in the AFL to move out of their houses to hot spots and other premises on Wednesday until midnight.
All nine matches in the sixth round of the competition next week will be played in Sydney or southern Queensland state.
Then some teams will travel to Western Australia and South Australia (SA) in the first round, the AFL said.
The Melbourne-based team St Kilda saints will travel to SA to play the Adelaide crows in round seven, but the state government to exclude such a hub of AFL teams in Melbourne.
“We know that it is very sad,” SA health Minister Stephen Wade told Radio sen.
“Australian rules football is a cherished part of Australian life and public health in the first place. We have seen cases of transfer of the community from the state and we must ensure that the VSL is not a bridge for it.”
The AFL, which resumed last month after an almost three month because of suspension, is schedule on a regular basis to try to alleviate the problems arising COVID-19.
(Reporting by Ian ransom; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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