The Premier League in its latest round of mass testing players and club staff have confirmed eight new cases among players and some club staff over the past week.
Between Monday, October 12 and Sunday, October 18, a total of 1,575 member’s of the top-flight European league were tested.
Monday’s figure is up from the five players and staff who tested positive the previous week and down from nine the week before.
Given this latest development, the 8 players and club staff who confirmed positive are to self-isolate within a 10 day period which implies they will not be allowed to partake in match preparations.
Addressing the new development in connection to the mass testing exercise and its recent outcome, the Premier League in an official statement said, “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 18, 1,575 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were eight new positive tests.”
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
Out of the confirmed 8 new cases, Burnley’s full-back Phil Bardsley, who missed Lancashire-based club goalless draw with West Brom on Monday, is also known to be among the eight.
It was reported on Sunday that Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew tested positive for Covid-19 in the wake of getting back from international duty with Ghana in Turkey, yet the 29-year-old divulged he was asymptomatic.