Premier League Coronavirus : Alarm Bells Sent Ringing As Record 18 COVID Tests Return In The Premier League: The latest development comes in the wake of Everton and City’s showdown getting called off
The Christmas and new year period isn’t quite going down in the manner the Premier League would have envisage. A failure by clubs to reign in players from partying and adhering to the COVID protocols has seen an outbreak of the disease in the league.
The first biggest tremors were felt after Manchester City confirmed that their match against Everton was postponed after five players had tested positive for the disease. While the club refused to divulge information of the players infected, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are amongst the causalities.
Premier League Coronavirus Cases
And within 24 hours, the FA has asserted that the situation is indeed as grim and alarming as is being made out to be. The governing body of the Premier League has announced that the league has seen a record number of cases of COVID in the latest round of testing.
There were 1,479 players and people associated with the team tested with 18 players testing positive, the highest figure recorded till date in any single round of testing.
Previous Test Results (official Premier League figures)
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.
Round 11: 9-15 Nov – 1,207 tested, with 16 testing positive.
Round 12: 16-22 Nov – 1,530 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 13: 23-29 Nov – 1,381 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 14: 30 Nov-6 Dec – 1,483 tested, with 14 testing positive.
Round 15: 7-13 Dec – 1,549 tested, with 6 testing positive.
Round 16: 14-20 Dec – 1,569 tested, with 7 testing positive.
The outbreak could result in a dire situation with Chelsea’s impending affair against City up in smoke at the moment. Newcastle United had previously had to shut down their training ground as the pandemic wrecked havoc amongst the club.
While there’s no update involving any further curtailments, the situation is a cumbersome one not only owing to the number of cases but also the severity of the disease. With a new strain of COVID being discovered in the country, things are at an all time level of alertness with the country in the midst of a stringent lockdown.