Premier League latest: Fixture changes and another high count of positive cases

The Premier League announced another record-high number of positive cases in the latest round of testing. Despite record numbers, the league will not take a break from action.

Last week an all-time high of 40 positive cases and now this week another 36. A slight drop off in numbers probably the only positive coming from this. The Premier League carried out the mass testing of players and members and a total of 36 people returned COVID positive.

The league’s officials have however decided against a “circuit break” and maintain they are not in talks about the possibility of one. As per the report, 2,593 tests were performed between Friday and Monday.

As per the league’s COVID regulation, all those who have tested positive must quarantine for the 10-day period.

The Premier League can today [January 11] confirm that between Monday 4 January and Sunday 10 January, across two rounds of testing, 2,593 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 36 new positive tests,” read a Premier League statement.

Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

Another Premier League fixture cancelled

Since the start of the season, there have been five-fixture cancellations due to COVID (six if you include Man City vs. Southampton) – the latest being Tottenham’s trip to Villa Park for a clash against Aston Villa.

Newcastle, Manchester City, Fulham and others have experienced a coronavirus outbreak within their respective squads, therefore, having to request a suspension from the decision-makers in the English top flight.

In the midst of all these squad outbreaks, the Premier League has decided to swap Spurs scheduled meeting date with Aston Villa and has rescheduled their game against Fulham, their other postponed game. Spurs will make the trip to Craven Cottage for the London derby on Wednesday night.

Over the festive period, Everton vs Manchester City on December 28, Tottenham vs Fulham on December 30 and Burnley vs Fulham on January 3 were all forced to be postponed amid coronavirus outbreaks at City and Fulham.

Tottenham will now host Fulham on Wednesday in a re-arranged clash after the Villa postponement.

The Premier League has not discussed the possibility of a circuit break for the season despite the growing number of positive cases. (Via: Sky Sports)

Manchester United’s trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley, Wolves’ entertains Everton at the Molineux Stadium while Sheffield United try and earn their first win of the season against Newcastle, are the three EPL encounters happening midweek Tuesday.

On Wednesday before the Spurs and Fulham tie, Manchester City welcomes Brighton to the Etihad Stadium.

Should the Premier League consider a break to help reduce the number of COVID cases?