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Premier League concerns as latest testing shows rise in positive results

3 weeks ago
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The Premier League have now confirmed the latest virus test results for the 20 clubs collectively.

Testing took place ahead of the new season at all Premier League clubs and will continue throughout the season.

Between 2-8 August there were 9 positive cases found in testing, then another 11 from 9-15 August.

In an official statement (see below) today (Monday 23 August 2021), the Premier League have revealed that between Monday 16 August and Sunday 22 August, across two rounds of testing, 3,060 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

Of those 3,060 tests, sixteen of them proving positive.

A bit of a concern for the Premier League if positive cases continue to grow.

As you can see below from the first half of last season, there were minimal positive cases in the opening months of last season and it was round / week eleven of testing when the Premier League reached 16 positive cases. Then only two other weeks in the first 19 weeks of tests showed 16 or more positive cases.

The rounds of Premier League testing in the 2020/21 season had found:

Round 1: 31 Aug-6 Sep – 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.

Round 2: 7-13 Sep – 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.

Round 3: 14-20 Sep – 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.

Round 4: 21-27 Sep – 1,595 tested, with ten testing positive.

Round 5: 28 Sep-4 Oct – 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.

Round 6: 5-11 Oct – 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.

Round 7: 12-18 Oct – 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.

Round 8: 19-25 Oct – 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.

Round 9: 26 Oct-1 Nov – 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.

Round 10: 2-8 Nov – 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.

Round 11: 9-15 Nov – 1,207 tested, with sixteen testing positive.

Round 12: 16-22 Nov – 1,530 tested, with eight testing positive.

Round 13: 23-29 Nov – 1,381 tested, with ten testing positive.

Round 14: 30 Nov-6 Dec – 1,483 tested, with 14 testing positive.

Round 15: 7-13 Dec – 1,549 tested, with six testing positive.

Round 16: 14-20 Dec – 1,569 tested, with seven testing positive.

Round 17: 21-27 Dec – 1,479 tested, with 18 being positive.

Round 18: 28-31 Dec – 1,311 tested, with 28 being positive.

Round 19: 1-3 Jan – 984 tested, with 12 being positive.

Premier League official statement – Monday 23 August 2021:

‘The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 16 August and Sunday 22 August, across two rounds of testing, 3,060 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

Of these, there were 16 new positive tests.

In line with testing provisions in healthcare, the Premier League will use lateral flow tests this season, and anyone who tests positive will then take a PCR test to confirm the result.

The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public on a weekly basis.’

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