Premier League stays positive as tests shows marginal dip in cases

January 12 – The Premier League has confirmed 36 positive coronavirus cases were recorded in the latest week of testing, a slight drop from the season-high of 40 positives which were revealed in the previous week’s results – the first in which players and staff at all 20 clubs were tested twice a week.

“Between Monday 4 January and Sunday 10 January, across two rounds of testing, 2,593 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 36 new positive tests,” read a Premier League statement.

As usual no specific details as to which clubs or individuals were positive have been disclosed but five top-flight matches have so far been called off because of coronavirus cases this season, the latest being Tottenham’s scheduled trip to face Aston Villa tomorrow after an outbreak in the Villa squad.

That game has been replaced by Tottenham’s previously postponed game against Fulham which has now been re-arranged.

Despite calls in some quarters for a brief respite to counter the fiercest period of Covid-19, the Premier League has not discussed the idea of a circuit break.

In Scotland, meanwhile, all football below the Championship has been suspended for three weeks.

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