The latest round of testing saw 1,130 players, staff and officials at Premier League clubs tested for COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday this week and not one of them tested positive.
It is excellent news in the days after the return of the Premier League was announced for 17 June after the coronavirus hiatus since March.
A statement read: ‘The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1,130 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.
‘Of these, zero have tested positive.
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‘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 after each round of testing.’
That leaves the total number of positive tests after four rounds of testing at 12.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed the plan to restart on 17 June, although admits that it cannot be 100% confirmed as yet.
‘The Premier League welcomes the Government’s announcement today,’ said Masters.
‘We have provisionally planned to restart the Premier League on 17 June, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
‘This includes consulting with our clubs, players and managers – along with all our other stakeholders – as the health and welfare of our participants and supporters is our priority.
‘If all goes well, we will be thrilled to resume the 2019-20 season in just over two weeks’ time.’
However, there was not such good news from the EFL, with 10 positive tests in the Championship.
An EFL statement read: ‘Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1058 players and Club staff from the 24 Championship Clubs were tested over the course of Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, with 10 individuals testing positive from eight Clubs.
‘Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.’
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