Liverpool star, Mohammed Salah and his Arsenal counterpart, Mohammed Elneny are among the 16 positive cases reported in the Premier League latest round of COVID-19 tests.
Salah and Elneny were believed to have been infected during the international break at Egypt camp. The Pharaohs have eventually qualified for the next African Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled for Cameroon.
Egypt has been joined by Senegal and it was Salah’s teammate, Sadio Mane that scored the needed goal for his country to be part of the contingents that will be in Cameroon for the African showpiece.
In the latest round of testing, the Premier League revealed 16 new positive coronavirus cases after testing 1,207 players and club staff members between November 9-15.
It could be recalled that four positive cases were confirmed in last week’s round of testing.
“The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 9 November and Sunday 15 November, 1,207 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.
“Of these, there were 16 new positive tests.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days,” A statement from the league read.
Premier League action resumes after international break
Premier League action will resume this weekend after the international break ends on Wednesday. By Friday, each players would have returned to their respective club sides and do a new round of COVID-19 tests.
This has left Salah out of Leicester City’s clash while Elneny will also be out of the squad that will travel to Elland Road for Leeds United game. Both are currently isolating in Egypt after positive Covid test. It remains unknown when they will be allowed to travel back to England and complete their isolation.
This is one of the highest numbers of positive tests seen so far in the league. It is closely followed by another the 10 positive cases recorded from September 21-27.
How many have been COVID-19 Positive in 2020-21 Premier Leagu season?
68 people have tested positive for the virus in 11 rounds of testing this season.
According to Reuters tally, over 1.3 million COVID-19 infections and over 51,000 deaths have been recorded in the United Kingdom.
Players and managers who contracted COVID-19 in Eglish football
The list might not involve all the names of stakeholders in English football. Some decided not to be mentioned due to privacy while the ones listed below were revealed by those who contracted the dreaded virus themselves or their clubs.
Note that those infected also include some backroom staff who were not mentioned.
- Sir Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool legend)
- David Moyes (West Ham)
- Mikel Arteta (Arsenal coach)
- James Bolton (Portsmouth)
- Andy Cannon (Portsmouth)
- Callum Hudson-Odoi
- Sean Raggett (Portsmouth)
- Mo Salah (Liverpool)
- Mohammed Elneny (Arsenal)
- Kai Havertz (Chelsea)
- Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)
- Xherdan Shakiri (Liverpool)
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
- Branislav Ivanovic (West Brom)
- Matheus Pereira (West Brom)
- Alan Browne (Preston North End)
- Stuart Armstrong (Southampton)
- Callum Robinson (West Brom)
- Haji Mnoga (Portsmouth)
Previous Premier League test results
Round 1: 31 Aug-6 Sep – 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 2: 7-13 Sep – 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 3: 14-20 Sep – 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 4: 21-27 Sep – 1,595 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 5: 28 Sep-4 Oct – 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.
Round 6: 5-11 Oct – 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.
Round 7: 12-18 Oct – 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 8: 19-25 Oct – 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.
Round 9: 26 Oct-1 Nov – 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 10: 2-8 Nov – 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.