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Aussie rules game postponed after player fails COVID-19 test


The Australian rules AFL competition was into the second weekend of matches after restarting in the wake of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic.


AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said Essendon player Conor McKenna tested positive on Saturday, a day before the scheduled game against Melbourne, but remained asymptomatic.


League officials notified the health department of the positive case and were working with the authorities to do contact tracing.


“We said at the outset of this crisis that we would make all decisions based on medical advice and our priority remains the health and safety of our players, staff and the wider community,” McLachlan told a news conference Saturday.


Andrews said Victoria recorded 25 new cases on Saturday, the biggest daily increase in two months, forcing a delay to further easing of restrictions.


Victoria state, headquarters for the AFL , has accounted for 19 of Australia’s 102 deaths from COVID-19, and almost 1,800 of the country’s 7,411 confirmed infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.






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