The Premier League has confirmed it has received six positive tests for coronavirus from three clubs after the first phase of mass testing.
A total of 748 tests have been carried out over the weekend and it is still not clear whether they include clubs’ players, non-playing staff or both.
Protocol says that anyone who is testing positive needs to isolate for a period of one week and cannot attend the clubs’ training ground.
Sky Sports reveal that clubs and individuals have not been disclosed by Premier League for data protection reasons, and clubs are expected to take part in a second phase of testing later this week.
Furthermore, data released on Tuesday reveals that 19 Premier League clubs have undergone tests, with the last club undergoing testing on Tuesday, and all figures will be included into the results of the second round of testing due to be published on Saturday.
BREAKING: The Premier League has confirmed six positive tests for coronavirus from three clubs after first phase of mass testing
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Premier League’s statement read, “The Premier League can today confirm that on Sunday, May 17 and Monday, May 18, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”
The statement continued, “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 in this way after each round of testing.”
Meanwhile, At Monday’s ‘Project Restart’ meeting, the 20 clubs did not discuss the possibility of curtailing the season – like in Scotland – and continued talks over the issue of neutral venues.