As many as 40 individuals tested positive for Covid-19 in two rounds of tests conducted in the Premier League last week. This is the highest number of positive cases in a week in the ongoing season, the Premier League said on Tuesday.
As many as 171 individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the new season began. Those who tested positive for the virus will be in self-isolation for 10 days but the Premier League did not name the individuals.
Positive cases of Covid-19 have had its impact on the Premier League as 3 matches were postponed last week.
Fulham’s games at Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur were called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the west London club, while Manchester City’s match at Everton was cancelled due to fresh COVID-19 cases reported at the Etihad club.
There was a bit of uncertainty as well as the Tottenham game against Fulham was postponed at the 11th hour, leading to a sharp reaction from manager Jose Mourinho.
“The Premier League… can today confirm that between Monday 28 December and Thursday 31 December, 1,311 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.
There were 28 new positive tests,” the league said in a statement. “Between Friday 1 January and Sunday 3 January, 984 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 and of these, there were 12 new positives.”
The fresh cases of Covid-19 come at a time when UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new nation-wide lockdown on Monday due to the emergence of a new strain of the virus.
Even as the cases have been increasing, elite sports events, including the Premier League, were allowed to continue.