The Premier League has revealed that six players or staff tested positive for coronavirus in its first two days of testing.
The league carried out 748 tests on Sunday and Monday and has said the positive tests were spread across three clubs. No further details were given and it is understood the league is awaiting results from one more club.
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The tests are being done as part of a process designed to allow matches to restart in June. Squads were allowed to return to training, carried out according to physical distancing, on Tuesday.
The Guardian quotes the league as saying in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19.
“Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
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“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements.”
Germany’s Bundesliga, which restarted last Saturday, announced 10 positive tests in early May from 1,724 tests on players on players and staff at clubs in the top two tiers.