Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Premier League

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    Premier league clubs

    Four new cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Premier League from the latest round of testing conducted.

    This is coming after the UK Government allowed Premier League football and other elite sports to continue during a four-week ‘circuit break’ lockdown scheduled to start in England on Thursday, after a recent spike in cases.

    Empty stands
    COVID-19 has made games to be played behind closed doors in the Premier League

    The strict testing conducted on 1,446 players and club staff, between Monday, October 26 and Sunday, November 1 produced just four positive cases. The Players or club staff affected are expected to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

    After confirming the latest results on Monday night, the Premier League did as usual by not naming the clubs or individuals involved.

    Sporting actions continue amidst the lockdown in England that is expeted to last till December 2

    Previous Premier League COVID-19 test results

    Since the resumption of football in the top flight after the COVID-19 lockdown, the highest number of positive cases recorded from a single round of tests is ten, with two being the lowest.

    The UK currently has over one million confirmed cases , with the latest being 18,950 recorded in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 46,853

    See summary of the previous tests results below.

    31 August-6 September – 1,605 tested, with three positives

    7-13 September – 2,131 tested, with four positives

    14-20 September – 1,574 tested, with three positives

    21-27 September – 1,595 tested, with 10 positives

    28 September-4 October – 1,587 tested, with nine positives

    5-11 October – 1,128 tested, with five positives

    12-18 October – 1,575 tested, with eight positives

    19-25 October – 1,609 tested, with two positives

    26 October-1 November – 1,446 tested, with four positives.

    Ahead of the lockdown, people have been told by the government to stay at home except for specific reasons, which include work that cannot be done from home, childcare or education, exercise outdoors, medical reasons, essential shopping, providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering, and visiting members of support bubble.

    For now, indoors meeting or in private gardens will not be allowed, but individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place.

    Other guidelines include:

    • Children under school age and those dependent on round-the-clock care who are with their parents do not count towards the two-person limit
    • Non-essential retail will close but can remain open for click-and-collect delivery
    • Pubs, bars, restaurants will have to close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery, excluding takeaway of alcohol
    • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also close, along with entertainment venues and personal care facilities such as beauty salons
    • Places of worship will close, unless they are being used for funerals, to broadcast acts of worship, individual prayer, formal childcare, or essential services such as blood donation or food banks
    • Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
    • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be able to take place except in exceptional circumstances, and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 30 people
    • Children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated
    • Clinically vulnerable people will be asked to be “especially careful” but people will not be asked to resume shielding
    • Overnight stays, staying in a second home, and holidays will not be allowed – including in the UK and abroad – although there are exceptions, such as work trips
    • People will be told to avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport


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