Premier League restart: Six test positive for coronavirus after league-wide testing before return to training
The six individuals will be isolated for seven days and not allowed at the club's training facilities
Six people from three Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after the first phase of mass testing, according to Sky Sports. With training scheduled for clubs on Tuesday, a total of 748 tests were carried out over the weekend between players and staff members.
For reference, the Bundesliga, which resumed play over the weekend, had 10 out of 1,700 test positive, which amounts to 0.588 percent positive. The Premier league with six out of 748 gives us a 0.802 percent rate.
The league has not made the names of the six individuals public, but Burnley did confirm assistant coach Ian Woan is one of them. Watford said three members of the club contracted the virus, including one unidentified player. It's worth noting that this is not the first time we've seen a Premier League member test positive for the virus. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and three Brighton players all tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.
Those who test positive are required to self-isolate for seven days and are not permitted at the club's training facilities. Numerous players have expressed their concerns over training during this pandemic with the United Kingdom having the fourth most confirmed cases in the world and the second-most deaths.
Watford striker Troy Deeney said this week that he would not attend training due to the concern of contracting the virus and potentially harming the health of his infant son.
The Premier League's shareholders announced on Monday that they had voted for training to resume on Tuesday, but it's unclear at this time how these positive tests could impact things moving forward.