The Premier League have announced new positive Covid-19 tests have more than doubled over the past week, in the wake of the spreading Omicron variant.
A raft of fixtures were postponed over the weekend, including Manchester United’s clash with Brighton, with only four of the 10 scheduled fixtures going ahead on Saturday and Sunday — including Manchester City’s game at Newcastle.
Games further down the pyramid have also been falling victim, but the Christmas games on Boxing Day and December 27th look set to go ahead.
The Premier League have stepped up their efforts in order to try and keep the spread of the virus under control, with “Emergency Measures” seeing players and club staff now taking daily lateral flow tests and twice-weekly PCR tests.
The league have confirmed a record number of tests were administered during their latest round of testing between Monday, December 13 and Sunday, December 19, with 12,345 tests taken — a huge increase on the 3,805 tests administered the previous week.
Of those, 90 new cases were reported, which sees the amount of positive tests more than double the previous week’s total (42).
A statement from the Premier League said: “The League is continuing to work with clubs to keep people safe by helping mitigate the risks of COVID-19 within their squads.
“We are also liaising closely with the Government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.”
Despite the increased number of positive tests, the Premier League confirmed it plans to continue with the current fixture schedule.
League chiefs held a meeting with all 20 clubs on Monday to try and navigate a path forward following the recent disruptions.
The FA have also announced replays have been scrapped in the FA Cup third and fourth rounds in an effort to try and ease the fixture congestion.
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