The Premier League has reported that their latest round of coronavirus testing includes a new positive case. The results were from the seventh round, where, on Monday and Tuesday, 1213 players and club personnel were tested.
This news comes just in time as top-flight action in England is scheduled to resume. Aston Villa plays Sheffield United and Manchester City face Arsenal on June 17th.
Manchester United was forced at the last minute on Tuesday to cancel a friendly with Stoke after Michael O’Neill, manager of the Championship side, tested positive for COVID-19. However, United insisted that none of their squad came into contact with him.
The sides had planned to meet at the Carrington Training Center in United, but the match was immediately dropped without kicking a ball when the Northern Irishman tested positive.
COVID-19’s first six rounds of testing returned 13 positives and 6,261 negatives according to. So, out of 7,487 tests conducted there have been 14 positive returns, that’s roughly 0.2 per cent, so an encouraging sign again.
Cautious optimism is how all of these test results have been viewed because they have to analysed individually and collectively.
Given the return of the Premier League is a week away, having just two positives from the previous four rounds of testing will be taken with great heart, not only by the Premier League but by Public Health England and the government.