Forty optimistic coronavirus instances had been found over two rounds of Premier League testing in late December and early January, it has been introduced.
The most recent figures, printed by the league on Tuesday afternoon, present that of 1,311 gamers and membership employees examined between 28 and 31 December, a complete of 28 got here again optimistic for Covid-19. All those that examined optimistic should self-isolate for 10 days.
Within the subsequent spherical of testing, 12 additional positives had been found after exams on 984 gamers and employees. The second spherical of testing featured a smaller group of gamers and employees than normal as a result of it befell over a weekend, when some groups had been concerned in matches.
It’s understood the majority of the positives throughout each rounds of testing relate to the three postponed fixtures over the interval involving Manchester Metropolis and Fulham. Metropolis’s match in opposition to Everton on 28 December was referred to as off due to an outbreak on the Manchester membership, whereas Fulham’s video games in opposition to Tottenham and Burnley on 30 December and three Januaryrespectively have additionally needed to be rescheduled.
“With low numbers of optimistic exams throughout the overwhelming majority of golf equipment, the league continues to trust in its Covid-19 protocols, totally backed by the Authorities, to allow fixtures to be performed as scheduled,” a Premier League assertion stated.
The league can also be understood to have held conversations with the tradition secretary Oliver Dowden following the announcement of a brand new nationwide lockdown. The federal government minister is assumed to have given his backing for elite sport to proceed.
As well as, there are ongoing discussions between the 20 top-flight golf equipment and the league about methods the protocols might be additional tightened in communal areas, resembling coaching grounds and pre-match lodging.