The English Premier League has announced that it has recorded a total of 42 positive COVID-19 cases over a seven day period – which is the highest number of positive cases recorded in the league in a week since 40 cases were reported in January.
Between December 6 to 12, 3,805 tests were done in the latest round with Brighton, Tottenham, Leicester, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Norwich all recording positive cases, and this has put United’s game at Brentford in doubt.
It would be recalled that Sunday’s Brighton v Tottenham fixture was postponed following a Covid-19 outbreak at Spurs – it was Spurs’ second game not to be played in a space of four days after their UEFA Europa Conference League tie against Rennes was cancelled.
Previously, the most positive tests returned in a week this season was 16 from 16-22 August, when there were 3,060 tests.
The latest report of 42 results is an increase of 30 on the 12 positives reported from 3,154 tests from 29 November – 5 December.
A league statement on Monday said the frequency of lateral flow and PCR tests for players and staff would increase.
The statement added: “We will continue to work closely with the government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.”
From Wednesday, fans will need to show proof of double vaccination or a negative test to attend sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000 people in England. This includes Premier League games.