Football world affected by the coronavirus outbreak
The Chinese women’s football team had to train in the Brisbane hotel corridor ahead of their Olympic qualifying opener in Sydney on Friday over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, although none of the players are showing symptoms of the coronavirus. The team has been in isolation at a Brisbane CBD hotel since their arrival in Australia last week because of strict protocols in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The team has been holed up in the Westin Hotel in Brisbane since landing in Australia last Wednesday morning.
But their two-week isolation is due to expire at midnight on Wednesday, at which point players, coaches, and staff will be free to leave the premises and move around with no restrictions, according to sources familiar with the logistics surrounding the team.
There has been no indication yet from their daily health monitoring that any member of the Chinese traveling contingent has any symptoms of coronavirus infection, so they are not considered as a threat to the general public.
China is due to play their first match of the Olympic qualifying tournament against Thailand on Friday night at Campbelltown Stadium, as part of a double-header that also includes the Matildas' opening clash against Taiwan.
The Chinese team had been training in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus outbreak began, until January 22 but they were subject to significant movement restrictions during that time and did not attend public places.
The end of the quarantine period, enforced by the Queensland state government following updated health advice, will mark two weeks since the team had last been in Wuhan.