The Premier League has confirmed that zero players have tested positive for Coronavirus from the latest round of testing.
Premier League Announces Latest Coronavirus Testing Figures
Regular Testing Continues
Coronavirus testing has become a regular occurrence for players and staff in the Premier League as the build up continues to the return date of June 17.
The latest round of tests occurred across June 4 and June 5 at all 20 top-flight clubs. Across these dates, 1,197 tests were conducted, of which there were no new confirmed cases.
The last round of testing in comparison returned just one positive case of COVID-19. As testing numbers have risen, the number of positive cases has gradually declined. The largest number of positive cases in a single round of testing is just six.
As a result, this has been viewed as a major positive in helping to aid project restart. Returning to action with no positive Coronavirus cases will settle the nerves of players, who will come into constant contact with players in games.
However, players will continue to follow government guidance and self-isolate for seven days if they do test positive.
Premier League Clubs Continue to Prepare for Its Return
All 20 clubs are increasing their intensity as the return to action nears.
As well as a return to contact training – players have initially begun training in small groups – clubs have begun friendlies against local teams, or 11v11 games between squads. Arsenal defeated Charlton Athletic 6-0 in a friendly at The Emirates Stadium, as they aim to regain match fitness.
However, interestingly, both of these games have been played without match officials. They have instead only been officiated by club staff. Premier League match officials are regaining fitness by themselves.
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