BREAKING NEWS: Premier League clubs record EIGHTEEN new Covid positive cases – a new high for football’s top division – after Man City game was called off due to five stars contracting the virus
- The Premier League revealed a season high 18 positive Covid-19 test results
- Of 1,479 players and staff tested, there was an increase of 11 on last week’s tests
- An outbreak at Manchester City saw their game away at Everton postponed
The Premier League has announced 18 new positive Covid-19 tests among players and staff, the highest weekly total since Project Restart.
The latest round of testing saw 1,479 players and staff tested and the results show a sharp increase on last week’s total a day after Manchester City’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park was postponed due to an outbreak in City’s squad over the Christmas period.
Positive tests reported by City on Monday will not have been included in the latest results and so 13 cases have emerged at other clubs.
The Premier League have reported its highest number of Covid-19 cases since Project Restart
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is one of the 18 cases in the latest week of league testing
PREMIER LEAGUE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS FOR 2020-21 SEASON
Round 1: Aug 31-Sep 6 – 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 2: Sep 7-13 – 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 3: Sep 14-20- 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 4: Sep 21-27 – 1,595 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 5: Sep 28-Oct 4 – 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.
Round 6: Oct 5-11 – 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.
Round 7: Oct 12-18 – 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 8: Oct 19-25 – 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.
Round 9: Oct 26-Nov 1 – 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 10: Nov 2-8 – 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 11: Nov 9-15 – 1,207 tested, with 16 testing positive.
Round 12: Nov 16-22 – 1,530 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 13: Nov 23-29 – 1,381 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 14: Nov 30-Dec 6 – 1,483 tested, with 14 testing positive.
Round 15: Dec 7-13 – 1,549 tested, with six testing positive.
Round 16: Dec 14-20 – 1,569 tested, with seven testing positive
Round 17: Dec 21-27 – 1,479 tested, with 18 testing positive
City confirmed they now had more than five cases in a statement following their postponement while Arsenal revealed defender Gabriel Magalhaes had tested positive and was isolating.
Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker were named as the two players in the first round of positive tests and they are two of the 18 cases reported by the League on Tuesday.
Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
City’s game against Everton on Monday was postponed due to an increase in positive tests
The latest results will be worrying as they are the biggest single weekly total since testing began for players and club staff.
On Monday, the United Kingdom posted its highest daily rate of infection since the pandemic began in March.
The previous highest number of cases in one round of Premier League testing this season was 16, during the week of November 9-15.
A Premier League statement read: ‘The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, there were 18 new positive tests.
‘Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
‘The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
‘No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.’
City officials believe their outbreak has stemmed from a night’s stay at a London hotel ahead of last week’s Carabao Cup semi-final win over Arsenal.
Subsequently, the virus has now spread within City’s bubble – causing their clash at Goodison Park to be postponed and Sunday’s big fixture against Chelsea to be called into question.
More to follow.
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