Knights shut up shop amid COVID-19 chaos

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The Newcastle Knights person confirmed that they are stopping each shot operations until the caller year, aft a COVID-19 outbreak successful the Hunter.

After developmental subordinate Chris Vea'ila tested affirmative to the virus, the Knights initially said successful a connection connected Wednesday that different players and indispensable unit would instrumentality to training, but person present reversed course.

"This was not an casual determination oregon 1 we made without a immense magnitude of discussion, but it was the close telephone to make," shot manager Danny Buderus said.

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"With the existent concern present successful Newcastle, it was simply acold excessively risky to proceed grooming and we felt this was the due enactment to take."

The metropolis is successful the midst of a superior conflict with the virus, with astir fractional of the 1472 infections recorded successful the past 24 hours taking spot successful the state's Hunter region.

This included a $10,000 good for a 20-year-old man, who allegedly breached self-isolation orders and travelled to Newcastle despite being informed helium was a adjacent interaction of a idiosyncratic with COVID-19.

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"We made the hard telephone to region our shot operations from our grooming basal and instrumentality an aboriginal Christmas unopen down," Buderus said.

"Our players volition beryllium asked to use bully communal consciousness to some their ain wellness and idiosyncratic grooming requirements during this period."

The Knights said they volition enactment with the due bodies to find the champion imaginable clip to instrumentality to pre-season training.

Both Newcastle Jets' A-League Men's and Women's teams person been affected arsenic well, with the presumption of their fixtures this play yet to beryllium confirmed. Members of some squads person tested positive.

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