Tataafo.com – 20th May, 2020
Players or club staff to self-isolate for seven days; PL providing info for “purposes of competition integrity and transparency”
The Premier League has confirmed it has received six positive tests for coronavirus from three clubs after the first phase of mass testing.
A total of 748 tests have been carried out over the weekend and it is unclear whether they include players, non-playing staff or a combination of both.
Anyone who tests positive must now self-isolate for seven days and cannot attend the club training ground.
Clubs and individuals have not been disclosed by the Premier League for data protection reasons, and clubs are expected to take part in a second phase of testing later this week.
However, on Tuesday night Burnley identified one of the six individuals as their assistant manager Ian Woan and said he is currently asymptomatic and self-isolating at home.
The data released on Tuesday reflects 19 Premier League clubs, with the last club undergoing testing on Tuesday, and all figures will be included in the results of the second round of testing due to be published on Saturday.
“The Premier League can today confirm that on Sunday, May 17 and Monday, May 18, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19,” a Premier League statement read on Tuesday.
“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.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public in this way after each round of testing.”
Premier League clubs can now resume training in small groups while maintaining social distancing, following the release of the test results.
Officials are optimistic about the Premier League restarting in June – some three months after football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic – but there is an acknowledgment that plans may not be sufficiently advanced to ensure a return to action on June 12, as initially hoped.
The Premier League has also been warned current coronavirus restrictions are likely to be in place long-term, with Public Health England advising them the public health situation is unlikely to change in the next 6-12 months.
At Monday’s ‘Project Restart’ meeting, the 20 clubs did not discuss the possibility of curtailing the season – like in Scotland – and continued talks over the issue of neutral venues.