The entire Tottenham Hotspur squad has been cleared for Project Restart this week despite one of Norwich City’s players testing positive for COVID-19 in the latest rounds of testing on Thursday and Friday.
Tottenham played a friendly against Norwich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Friday, as they looked to get their players match fit in time for the first game back against Manchester United later this week.
It was later confirmed that one Norwich player who was involved in the game, was one of the two people to test positive for coronavirus from the latest round of 1,200 Premier League tests (BBC Sport).
The Telegraph have now revealed that while the player in question will self isolate for seven days, none of Tottenham’s or Norwich’s players will need to be in isolation despite coming into contact with the player who was carrying the virus.
It is revealed that close contact would only refer to face-to-face contact of less than a metre, skin-to-skin contact, as well as a total of more than 15 minutes within two metres of someone.
Since these criteria are not fulfilled both Spurs and Norwich have been given the green light to resume their season as scheduled from Friday.
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There have so far only been 16 positive results from 8,687 tests in total (BBC Sport), which is fantastic news for the Premier League’s hopes of finishing the season. It indicates that asymptomatic spread is pretty rare if social distancing protocols are followed.
The fact that even players and staff who have tested positive have not spread it to their teammates, suggests that we are unlikely to see four or five players from the same team being asked to self-isolate, which was most people’s biggest fear about the season restarting.
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