Victorian racing has been suspended pending tests on a licensed person for COVID-19.
Racing Victoria pulled the plug on Wednesday’s Sandown meeting after learning the person had been told by health authorities they were on a same flight on March 12 as someone who has tested positive.
The participant is not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 but RV said it was using an abundance of caution to call Sandown off as well as two meetings on Thursday.
RV said people who have had close contact with the licensed person are being contacted.
If the test is negative, RV will seek to resume racing on Friday.
Acting upon medical advice and in an abundance of caution, RV has abandoned the following race meetings whilst the testing is conducted:
- Today – Sandown [after Race 2]
- Tomorrow – Kilmore and Pakenham
Those people who have had close contact with the licensed participant are being contacted throughout this afternoon.
In the event that the participant’s test is negative, RV will be seeking to resume racing. A further update will be provided tomorrow on the progress of the test and whether racing can resume on Friday.