Coronavirus outbreak, a Hotel in UAE got locked down


Coronavirus outbreak, a Hotel in UAE got locked down

Coronavirus outbreak, a Hotel in UAE got locked down
Coronavirus outbreak, a Hotel in UAE got locked down

Yesterday i used to be interviewing riders, writing stories, and watching Tadej Pogačar take the stage 5 of the 7 Emirates Tour. This morning I’ve been placed in lockdown in my hotel in Abu Dhabi within the wake of revelations that two insiders from the race have tested positive for Coronavirus.

The final two stages of the UAE Tour were cancelled late last night, Thursday, after it had been revealed that two Italian staff members of 1 of the teams participating within the race had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19.

And as I sit at a desk during a hotel on Yas Island on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi , i do know little else. All I do know needless to say is that each one teams racing within the UAE Tour were tested through the night. The media corps are thanks to be tested today. We’re beat quarantine, to not leave our hotels.

With all teams in one hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and every one the media corps within the other hotel, across the road, the immediate players within the race are handily confined during a small space. What went on to the thousands of individuals the race has inherit contact with within the past week is another matter altogether.

In the early hours of the night, the doors of the hotel accommodating the media were actually chained shut. Now, there are ‘merely’ barricades across the door with policemen watching on from the surface , peering during a t fish trapped in a bowl. a couple of hours ago, at around 7am, I pressed my head against the window to urge a clearer picture of what was happening outside. The officer outside sat looking bored poking at his mobile with one hand and a coffee within the other. Behind them, I saw men fully protective medical suits and masks climbing in and out of a medical testing van.

This morning, a number of my media colleagues have confined themselves to their rooms to process the news and prevent from possible exposure. Others folks sit and speak over numerous coffees, pastries and oatmeal within the busy hotel breakfast. Fellow guests and members of the general public – also under quarantine – betray a mixture of bemused excitement and nervous fear. i'm wondering how the newly-married couple who hosted their reception here are becoming on.

The fine details of the 2 confirmed cases of the outbreak are hazy. The handout from Abu Dhabi Sports Council states that “two Italian participants” of the race have tested positive; other sources suggest it might be two Italian masseuses performing at the UAE Team Emirates team. The news comes within the light of suggestions that spring Italian races might be canceled as Italy manages a swell of cases of the virus in small pockets of the country.

Having reached bent various riders and team staffers, it appears that tests are proceeding through the night as medical staff worked its way through a packed WorldTour start list and its entourage. Sources suggest some riders were kept awake until 6am as they awaited their call up by the medical staff. Team officials had been called into meetings shortly before midnight, and within the following hours, riders, helpers, drivers, communications officers and every one the band of staff supporting a team had all been awoken for testing by a unit parked outside their hotel. Now, together source told me ‘there’s tons of sitting around not doing an awful lot’.

Some teams seem to know that they're going to be receiving their leads to subsequent 36 hours, and will – should – be ready to make their planned outbound flights. Members of other teams were unaware of a 36-hour timeline, either thanks to lack of internal communication or scarcity of official information. One thing that does unite the riders I spoke to – along side the media in my hotel – may be a nagging fear of a lengthy quarantine period.


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