The first six rounds of COVID-19 testing within the Premier League returned with 13 positives and 6,261 negatives according to Sky Sports.
In comparison, the Premier League has now reported that their latest round of coronavirus testing includes a single new positive case. The results were from the seventh round on Monday and Tuesday, where 1213 players and club personnel were tested.
So, out of 7,487 tests conducted in total across all rounds of testing, there have been 14 positive returns, that’s roughly 0.2 per cent, so that’s an encouraging sign. Indeed, cautious optimism is how all of these test results have been viewed because they have to analysed individually and collectively.
Having just two positives from the previous four rounds of testing will be taken with great heart, not only by the Premier League but by Public Health England and the government, given that the return of the Premier League is a week away.
Top-flight action in England is scheduled to resume as Aston Villa plays Sheffield United and Manchester City face Arsenal on June 17th.
Manchester United was forced at the last minute on Tuesday to cancel a friendly with Stoke after Michael O’Neill, manager of the Championship side, tested positive for COVID-19.
The sides had to meet at the Carrington Training Center in United, but the match was immediately dropped without kicking a ball when the Northern Irishman tested positive, with United insisting that none of their squad came into contact with him.