The Premier League Reveal Six People Out Of 748 Tested Positive For COVID-19
The Premier League have revealed six people tested positive from recent coronavirus tests carried out by 19 clubs.
A total of 748 players and staff were tested over the last couple of days and the league have confirmed six people across three clubs have tested positive for COVID-19.
One club waited until yesterday to conduct their tests and so their results have not been received yet.
The league will not be disclosing any information on the individuals or clubs in question but stated they would be required to self-isolate for a week.
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A statement on the official Premier League website read: "The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 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 Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight.
"No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements."
Yesterday, all 20 clubs voted in favour of small group sessions resuming from Tuesday, though it will be no contact training to begin with as part of stage one of the league's push to get the season back up and running again.
Sessions must last no longer than 75 minutes and pitches, corner flags, balls, cones and goalposts need to be disinfected before and after every bit of training.
Coronavirus tests will be carried out twice per week on players, in addition to temperature checks and questionnaires being filled out prior to every session.
The government are eyeing a mid-June return for football behind closed doors and are pushing for games to be free-to-air on the BBC or ITV.
"We are working hard with them to try and get it back, I am aiming for mid-June," Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, told Sky News.
"The number one test is public safety. I'm hoping that we can have something a bit more ambitious with some more free-to-air matches available so people can watch from home because that would be helpful in terms of discouraging people from leaving their homes.
"What we are aiming for is to finish the season from behind closed doors from mid June onwards."