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Players of Man City, whose game with Everton was called off on 28 December.
Players of Man City, whose game with Everton was called off on 28 December.
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Premier League records 40 Covid-19 cases in latest week of testing

The figure is more than double that of the previous week, which was the highest since the beginning of Project Restart.
Jan 5th 2021, 4:16 PM 3,296 16

FORTY POSITIVE CORONAVIRUS cases were discovered over two rounds of Premier League testing in late December and early January.

The league announced its latest figures on Tuesday afternoon which showed that of 1,311 players and club staff tested between 28 and 31 December, 28 came back positive for Covid-19.

In tests on 984 players and staff carried out between 1 and 3 January there were a further 12 positives, the league said.

At 40, it is more than double the 18 cases that were confirmed the previous week — which was the highest number recorded since Project Restart until now. 

It is understood the bulk of the positives relate to the three postponed fixtures over the period involving Manchester City and Fulham.

City’s match against Everton on 28 December was called off because of an outbreak at the Manchester club, while Fulham’s games against Tottenham and Burnley on 30 December and 3 January respectively have also had to be rescheduled.

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All those who tested positive must self-isolate for 10 days.

It is understood the second round of testing featured a smaller group of players and staff than usual because it took place over a weekend, when some teams were involved in matches.

The Premier League said in a statement confirming the new figures: “With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the league continues to have confidence in its Covid-19 protocols, fully backed by the Government, to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled.”

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