Six Premier League players and staff from three clubs registered positive coronavirus tests after the first wave was made in the high end this week.
The Covid-19 tests were conducted Sunday and Monday and are now scheduled to take place twice a week. Forty tests will be performed in each club at each training session.
The results come from tests of 19 Premier League clubs, including one club on Tuesday. These results will be included in the data for the second series of tests, to be published on Saturday.
Six Premier League players and staff from three clubs test positive for Covid-19
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Manchester United is not believed to be one of three Premier League clubs to return positive coronavirus tests.
A Premier League press release reads: “The Premier League can confirm today that, Sunday May 17 and Monday May 18, 748 players and club members were tested for COVID-19.
“Of these, six have tested positive in three clubs. Players or club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. “
These results mean that only 0.8% of the tests performed were positive, which gave a boost to the Premier League’s plans to get going.
Premier League clubs are now allowed to hold group training sessions involving anyone who returns a negative test.
Corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surfaces and other equipment will be disinfected after each session, while social separation must be “strictly observed” during these sessions.
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The number of positive tests and the number of clubs affected are made public, but the names of individuals and clubs will be kept confidential by the Premier League.
The Premier League has teamed up with the global healthcare company that has worked with the Bundesliga to provide testing.
The test itself involves a swab and a nasal sample that only goes up an inch in the nostril and is much less invasive than the other tests used around the world.
The clubs are now taking timid steps towards the resumption of the season. The return training involves small groups of up to five players working together, while practicing social distancing, with sessions that last no more than 75 minutes for the same player.
Premier League chief Richard Masters said opportunity to resume on June 12 should only be treated as “relay post”
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This comes after Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to resume small group training protocols on Monday and will meet again on May 26 to discuss contact training protocols.
June 12 was mentioned as a resumption date, but league general manager Richard Masters said it should only be treated as a “relay station.”
Premier League clubs will be subject to rigorous checks to ensure that they comply with training protocols, while the league has also committed to publicize all positive Covid-19 tests.