Coronavirus outbreak: A fan at World Cup final at MCG tests positive

A fan who attended the T20 World Cup final at the MCG on Sunday 8 March night has tested positive for coronavirus. The fan was seated at the stadium’s Northern Stand.

“The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), as ground managers of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), is aware that a person who attended the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final at the MCG on Sunday has now been diagnosed with COVID-19,” a statement on the Melbourne Cricket Club website said.

“The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised of the patron’s diagnosis and has classified it as a low-risk of spreading COVID-19 to surrounding members of the public and staff. The patron sat on Level 2 of the Northern Stand at the MCG in section N42.

“The DHHS recommends that those who were seated in N42 at Sunday’s event should continue to go about their normal routine, with an increased focus on hygiene measures, and should any flu-like symptoms emerge to consult with a medical professional.

“The MCC is working closely with the Government and the DHHS and the advice is to operate business as usual, including hosting major events, however are prepared should that change at any stage. The MCC is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for those visiting the MCG and as a precautionary measure have undertaken intensive cleaning of the affected section.”

A crowd of 86,174 attended the final between Australia and India, only 4,641 short of the record for a women’s sporting event, set during the 1999 FIFA World Cup final in Pasadena.