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Premier League announcement – New record number of positive Covid cases for players

4 weeks ago
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The Premier League have made an announcement late on Monday, regarding positive Covid tests.

This is regarding the testing of players and staff from the 20 Premier League clubs.

These results are from the two rounds of COVID-19 testing between 20 and 26 December.

Last week saw a seriously high jump from 42 positive tests the previous week to a new record for this 2021/22 Premier League season of 90 positives recorded.

However, today’s announcement has set a new record, out of 15,186 tests carried out between 20 December and 26 December, there were 103 new positive cases.

There were far more tests carried out BUT this surely just means that positive cases were often caught earlier than previously, rather than that being a cause of more positives having been found.

The latest increase / record is no real surprise, considering the fact that so far 15 Premier League matches have been called off this month, whilst positive cases in the general public also continue to rise in the latest available figures.

One positive slant on the figures is that whilst the number of Premier League cases more than doubled last week, this time it is just over 10% in terms of the increase.

Official Premier League announcement – Monday 27 December 2021:

‘The safety of everyone is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in response to the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The League has reverted to its Emergency Measures, and has increased testing of players and club staff to daily lateral flow and twice-weekly PCR tests, having previously carried out lateral-flow testing twice a week.

The League can today confirm that between Monday 20 December and Sunday 26 December, 15,186 COVID-19 tests were administered on players and club staff. Of these, there were 103 new positive cases.

The Premier League’s COVID-19 Emergency Measures include protocols such as wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing, limiting treatment time, as well as the increased testing.

The League is continuing to work with clubs to keep people safe by helping mitigate the risks of COVID-19 within their squads.

We are also liaising closely with the Government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.

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.

Previous test results
2 Aug-8 Aug 3,118 tested; 9 positive
9 Aug-15 Aug 3,231 tests; 11 positive
16 Aug-22 Aug 3,060 tests; 16 positive
23 Aug-29 Aug 3,020 tests; six positive
30 Aug-5 Sep 1,952 tests; two positive
6 Sep-12 Sep 3,039 tests; three positive
13 Sep-19 Sep 3,154 tests; two positive
20 Sep-26 Sep 3,010 tests; one positive
27 Sep-3 Oct 2,927 tests; four positive
4 Oct-10 Oct 1,696 tests; zero positive
11 Oct-17 Oct 3,044 tests; six positive
18 Oct-24 Oct 3,209 tests; four positive
25-31 Oct 3,006 tests; four positive
1-7 Nov 2,953 tests; three positive
8-14 Nov 1,647 tests; four positive
15-21 Nov 3,188 tests; six positive
22-28 Nov 3,379 tests; seven positive
29 Nov-5 Dec 3,154 tests; 12 positive
6-12 Dec 3,805 tests; 42 positive
13-19 Dec 12,345 tests; 90 positive

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