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Quarantined McLaren staff due home this week

THE McLaren staff quarantined in Melbourne as a result of a coronavirus case at the abandoned Australian Grand Prix are due to arrive home this week.

Sixteen team members spent two weeks in self-isolation after one McLaren employee tested positive for coronavirus in the lead up to the race. The infected individual is already back in the UK, after being declared symptom-free last week. The other team members have now been given the all-clear to return.

Because of the complications of arranging international travel as increasing numbers of countries go into lockdown, they are on a variety of different flights back to the UK. The positive case at McLaren led to the cancellation of the race in Melbourne, which was due to kick off the Formula 1 season on 13-15 March. A member of staff of tyre supplier Pirelli also contracted coronavirus in Melbourne but the company says he has since recovered and left Australia.-