AOC lashes SA for imposing ‘28-day quarantine’ on returning Olympians

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The Australian Olympic Committee has lashed the South Australian government for imposing an additional 14 days’ quarantine on a group of athletes returning to that state from Tokyo via Sydney.

The AOC said in a furious statement on Wednesday that 16 South Australian athletes, currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney having just returned from Tokyo, would be forced to do another 14 days of quarantine before being allowed in the community in SA, making it a total of 28 days’ isolation.

Some athletes returning to South Australia will have to quarantine for a further 14 days after they leave hotel quarantine in Sydney.Credit:AP

This would either be in a hotel or at their homes, pending approval from South Australia.

“South Australia is the only team to do this [28-day quarantine],” the AOC statement read. “The South Australian government’s decision to ignore expert medical advice and the decision of national cabinet by imposing a 28-day period for returning Australian Olympians poses a significant mental health risk for those athletes.”

The South Australian health department has been contacted for comment.

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