Another record number of posit...


Another record number of positive Covid cases in the Premier League


07:21 20 Dec 2021

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The Premier League has recorded another record number of positive Covid-19 cases. 

The latest round of testing saw 90 players and staff test positive for the virus.

These tests were carried out between Monday 13 December and Sunday 19 December.

During that time a record 12,345 tests were administered on players and club staff.

The 90 positives represents a sizable jump from the previous week's 42.

Over the weekend only four of the 10 scheduled matchday fixtures could go ahead due to outbreaks in squads.

A statement on Monday evening in relation to the 90 positive cases said;

The safety of everybody is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.

The League has reverted to its Emergency Measures, and has increased testing of players and club staff to daily Lateral Flow and twice-weekly PCR tests, having previously carried out Lateral Flow testing twice a week.
The League can today confirm that between Monday 13 December and Sunday 19 December, a record 12,345 COVID-19 tests were administered on players and club staff. Of these, there were 90 new positive cases.

The Premier League's COVID-19 Emergency Measures include protocols such as wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing, limiting treatment time, as well as the increased testing.

The League is continuing to work with clubs to keep people safe by helping mitigate the risks of COVID-19 within their squads.

We are also liaising closely with the Government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.

The news of the 90 cases comes on the same day it was decided that the league would press on with the busy festive schedule.

An emergency meeting of all 20 clubs was called following the weekend's complications.

It was decided and agreed that games will go ahead 'where safely possible.'

Replays in the FA Cup 3rd and 4th rounds are set to be scrapped to free up more time in the schedule.

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