Premier League clubs register record 90 new Covid-19 cases as virus chaos continues

Premier League’s Covid chaos continues with a record 90 new cases detected from its latest round of testing, more than DOUBLE last week’s tally, as clubs vow to press on and reject a festive firebreak

The Premier League have revealed there have been 90 new Covid-19 cases from its latest round of testing, with a record 12,345 tests carried out by top-flight players and staff as Omicron continues to wreak havoc with the football calendar.

After a raft of restrictions were re-introduced to help slow down the spread of the virus, lateral flow tests are now taken daily by those wanting to enter a club’s training ground – with PCR tests carried out twice a week. 

The most recent tally is more than double the amount from the last round of testing, which saw 42 positive results, with the worrying surge in absentees increasing.

However, clubs have rejected the idea of cancelling a round of fixtures over the festive period at a meeting today, and instead plan to struggle on despite a number of games being called off. They will review the decision in two weeks. 

‘The league is continuing to work with clubs to keep people safe by helping mitigate the risks of Covid-19 within their squads,’ a statement from the Premier League read.

‘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.’

More to follow.