More virus cases found in Premier League

Sports | REUTERS 25 May 2020

A Bournemouth player was one of two people working for English Premier League clubs who tested positive for Covid-19 following a second batch of testing.

Bournemouth did not disclose the player's identity but said he would self-isolate for seven days in line with league protocols before another test is conducted.

Since players returned to limited group training on Tuesday eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England's top-flight clubs.

There were 996 players and club staff in the second batch tested for Covid-19, the Premier League said.

There were 748 tests in the initial round of testing on May 17-18. Watford's Adrian Mariappa and two members of the club's non-playing staff and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan were among six positive tests.

Two other Watford players are self-isolating after coming into close contact with people who tested positive.

Another round of tests are scheduled for today and tomorrow.

No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sport to resume from June 1. And Premier League officials hope to resume action soon after, although no dates for fixtures have been fixed.

First, representatives of all 20 clubs must decide at a meeting on Wednesday whether they can allow full-contact training. There are 92 games remaining in the season.

Britain's death toll from the virus pandemic is the highest in Europe with an official figure of 36,675 by Saturday.

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