Premier League records 42 new Covid cases – highest number since release of weekly figures began last year | Football News

The Premier League has announced 42 new positive coronavirus cases among club players and staff, the highest weekly figure since the test results began publishing in May last year.

A Covid-19 outbreak led to the cancellation of Tottenham’s last two games, while Manchester United reported a string of positive tests, with Tuesday’s Brentford game in danger of being postponed.

“The League can today confirm that between Monday 6 December and Sunday 12 December, 3,805 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, there were 42 new positive cases,” the Premier League said in a statement. .

Twelve cases were reported last week, but several other clubs, including Norwich and Aston Villa, have announced a series of positive tests regarding increased concerns nationwide due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

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Norwich manager Dean Smith urged all fans to receive their Covid booster shots so they can continue to participate in football matches

The Premier League wrote to all its clubs on Thursday ordering them to reinstate the Covid-19 emergency measures.

Top-tier clubs that had achieved an 85 percent vaccination rate had been allowed to loosen restrictions imposed in the summer, but those who did were told they had to go back to stricter measures.

The League statement added: “Everyone’s safety is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary measures in light of the recent increase in Covid-19 cases across the country.

“The league has returned to its emergency measures and will increase the frequency of both lateral flow and Covid-19 PCR tests of players and personnel.

“The Premier League’s Covid-19 emergency measures, which are applicable to all clubs, include protocols such as wearing face shields while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment times. These add to the more frequent tests.

“We will continue to work closely with government, local authorities and advocacy groups, while responding to any future changes to national or local leadership.”

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Brighton CEO Paul Barber is concerned that rising Covid-19 cases could lead to the return of empty stadiums to Premier League pitches

Man Utd confirms positive tests, cancels training; Brentford game in doubt

Manchester United are in discussions with the Premier League over the postponement of the trip to Brentford on Tuesday evening after being forced to close their training complex due to positive Covid cases.

United said on Sunday that a “small number” of individuals among first team players and staff returned positive lateral flow tests.

These positive cases have now been confirmed by positive PCR tests, which have led United to shut down the Carrington training complex for 24 hours “to minimize the risk of further infections”.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, United added: “The club are discussing with the Premier League whether they are confident that Tuesday’s game against Brentford will continue, both from the perspective of Covid infection and player preparation.

“The team and staff trip to London will be postponed pending the outcome of this discussion.”

Villa cancels the recovery session after the player has tested positive

Aston Villa also had a positive case of Covid-19 on their play team, leading to the cancellation of a recovery session at the Bodymoor Heath club training ground on Sunday.

Full training at Villa, who lost 1-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, is expected to resume on Monday.

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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard says two players and two staff members tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League game against Norwich.

Further testing is planned, while the club will also tighten protocols for the coronavirus.

Villa will face Norwich, coached by their former boss Dean Smith, at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Tuesday.

The government announced earlier this week that fans will need to show proof of double vaccination or a negative test to participate in sporting events with crowds of over 10,000 in England.

The rules should come into force from December 15 as part of Covid ‘plan B’ measures to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

Brighton also hit by Covid cases

Brighton manager Graham Potter has revealed that there are “three or four” positive tests among his team, but their match with the Wolves on Wednesday is not currently in jeopardy.

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Brighton boss Graham Potter says “two or three” players are already out of the Premier League match against Wolves after testing positive at Covid-19.

“We have a combination of injuries and a little bit of Covid ourselves,” Potter said.

“We have three or four, I would say, at the moment. And of course it’s something we have to deal with, like everyone else.

“Now we’re just checking and making sure it’s at that number.”

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has urged all of his players and staff to get booster vaccination against Covid-19 as soon as they become eligible.

He said, “Absolutely. Doctors suggest they have to. Most of us (have) already.”

“The players, for their age, when they have to do it, everyone will decide and they will do it.”

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