Australian multi-Olympic champion Emma McKeon has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
The 27-year-old Griffith University star had been at home in Australia since competing on the FINA World Cup circuit this season, as well as racing as a member of London Roar during the season 3 of the International Swimming League (ISL).
The free and fly ace did not participate in the recently concluded FINA 2021 World Short Course Championships as Australia did not send an official team. World record holder Kyle Chalmers and Holly Barratt were to be the only green and gold representatives in Abu Dhabi, but Chalmers ended up retiring for shoulder surgery.
McKeon appeared as part of the national public immunization campaign.
McKeon is not the first Australian star to test positive for COVID-19. LA current Madi Wilson was hospitalized while competing in Naples, Italy, last September. She made a full recovery and competed on the FINA World Cup circuit afterwards.
While there are still state-by-state travel restrictions within the Australian nation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said warrants and mask blocks will not be reinstated.
79.8% of Australia’s total population has been vaccinated according to Bloomberg data, while 89.59% of the eligible Australian population – people over 12 years of age – have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 according to a tracker managed by the Sydney Morning Herald. Early evidence has led scientists to conclude that two doses of existing vaccines have limited efficacy on the new Omicron variant, which dominates new COVID-19 infections around the world with higher spread rates but generally milder symptoms. . While the booster shots have provided a significant increase in levels of protection against Omicron, only 6.5% of Australians have received booster doses so far, Bloomberg reports.