Report: Premier League reveal encouraging progress with latest round of COVID testing

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Dom Le Roy

According to Sky Sports, the Premier League have confirmed that they recorded just 16 positive cases across the twenty top flight clubs last week, which represents a significant drop from the previous two weeks.

The report reveals that the two preceding weeks saw the highest number of cases recorded among players and staff since testing began, with 36 positive cases recorded in the week beginning Monday, January 4 and 40 recorded in the preceding week.

As many as six Premier League games had to be postponed due to outbreaks in the camps of a number of clubs.

Tottenham were also hit badly with their matches against Fulham and Aston Villa being postponed due to the increased number of positive cases in the Cottagers’ and Villans’ respective squads.

Jose Mourinho’s side eventually had their game against Scott Parker’s side rescheduled for last week and played out a 1-1 draw.

There were even reports that suggested that the Premier League may decide to take a two-week break in light of the increased number of cases but that did not come to fruition

With confirmation that there have only been 16 new cases from 3,115 players and club staff tested last week, the situation now appears to be more encouraging.

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This is great news and perhaps evidence that the Premier League’s strict testing protocols are working well. If there had been a two-week break, it would have been impossible to finish the season before the Euros in the summer and teams like Spurs would have likely faced an unprecedented level of fixture congestion.

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