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Old 29th Jan 2020, 14:10
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Chinese women's national soccer team is being QUARANTINED at an Australian hotel that's been placed in lockdown amid coronavirus fears

The Chinese woman's national soccer team is being quarantined at a Brisbane hotel. The players arrived to Australia at 9am on Wednesday after the Chinese Football Association moved the side's Olympic qualifying matches to Australia when the outbreak started.

The team was in the city of Wuhan on January 22, and will be required to stay at their inner-city hotel until February 5 over fears that members may have the deadly coronavirus. The 32 players, coaches and staff arrived in Brisbane on a flight from Shanghai, but new regulations force them to be isolated.

Queensland health minister Steven Miles confirmed the hotel was in the centre of Brisbane.

New state government requirements demand residents to self-isolate for 14 days from when they left Wuhan, says chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young. ‘Anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed case must self-isolate in their homes,' she said.

Wuhan was the original location for the Group B fixtures in the final round of Asian qualifiers for this year's Olympics. The six group matches also featuring Australia, Thailand and Taiwan were originally relocated to Nanjing and then Sydney after China withdrew as hosts at the weekend.

The Chinese team trained in isolation in Suzhou before departing for Australia. Along with staff, they all underwent testing before departure with none returning a positive. 'They went through all the same checks that any Chinese national flying in from China would have gone through,' FFA chief executive James Johnson said. ‘We're confident in the government's checks and balances.'

The team was scheduled to play against Thailand for the tournament opener at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday......


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