Two people from two different Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the League said on Saturday. Since the players returned to limited group training on Tuesday, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top-flight clubs.
No matches have been played in the English League since March, but the government has given the green light for the elite sport to resume from June 1, including the top-flight football. Their ‘Project Restart’ hopes to resume action in June, although no date has been fixed.
Another round of tests is scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday. All 20 clubs will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether they can move to phase two of the restart and allow full-contact training.
Two More People Test Positive Off Coronavirus In The Premier League
“The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the statement said.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days,” the statement further read.
Bundesliga Set The Benchmark For The Return
It is notable that Bundesliga became the first league across Europe’s top five leagues to resume their campaign after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for two months. Bundesliga resumed with using draconian hygiene guidelines, regular testing of players and insisting on games in near-empty stadiums. Hugging, embracing and handshakes were also banned.
The English league is also eyeing a return to global footballing action alike the Bundesliga. It is in talks with the government and soon there might be a lot of happening in the European footballing circuit after the long onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.