First round of test results in the English Premier League shows that six persons (players and members of staff) tested positive for Coronavirus.
In an official report released by the club, six cases in three clubs were detected out of the 19 clubs involved, and 748 tests carried out.
The Premier League can today confirm that on Sunday, May 17 and Monday, May 18, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19
Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public in this way after each round of testing. – read the official statement released by Premier League yesterday.
One of the clubs affected happened to be Watford, whose captain, Troy Deeney, pulled out of returning to training.
Watford took to their Twitter account to reveal that three persons in the club have tested positive for the deadly virus which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
ℹ️ Watford Football Club confirms that three people have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following testing at the training ground over the past 48 hours.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 19, 2020
None of the statements or data released yesterday revealed the identity of the players of member of staff involved.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) May 19, 2020
Clubs in the league have been asked to gradually return to training, with officials in the league still optimistic of Premeir League football returning to action in June, using neutral grounds and games played behind closed doors.
Those who have tested positive will be isolated and closely monitored, while a second round of test will be carried out before teams are given the all clear to start group trainings.
The last club that wasn’t captured in the data was undergoing test as at when the information was released.