The English Premier league has reported two new positive cases of COVID-19 from the second round of on-going coronavirus testing. This comes after six cases were reported from the first round of testing.
In the second round of testing, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 tests per club to 50 with a total of 996 samples being tested. The number of positive cases from 1,744 tests conducted across two rounds now stands at 8.
“The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the statement released on Saturday by the Premier League read.
Adrian Mariappa, who plays for Watford, and two non-playing staff as well as Ian Woan, Burnley’s assistant manager were among the six positive tests confirmed for coronavirus in the first round of testing.
The six who tested positive for coronavirus in the first round of testing were not tested in the second round since they were still in self-isolation.
Under the Premier League’s new coronavirus protocol, club players or staff who test positive must spend seven (7) days in isolation before undergoing fresh screening and, if found negative, they can rejoin training sessions.
According to the government guidelines published in May, football in the United Kingdom was planned to restart behind closed doors from June 1. This, however, was subject to the coronavirus situation in the country improving.
The Premier League’s own post-coronavirus resumption program dubbed “Project Restart” targets to resume action in June, although there is no fixed date for the restart with caution being taken as the tests are carried out.
In the Championship, however, the EFL says it is taking a more ‘flexible approach’ to testing in clubs. The EFL gave three options for clubs to test their players for coronavirus. The clubs can either get coronavirus tests done by independent professionals, have the tests done by their medical staff or have the players to test themselves.
Players who will take the self-testing option will conduct a swab test at home by themselves, and pass the sample to the club to be analyzed.