Premier League clubs to undergo second round of COVID-19 tests
It has been disclosed that all clubs in the Premier League will undergo a second phase of coronavirus testing on Friday.
According to Prenetics, the Biotechnology company in charge of the Project Screen consortium, the tests could take up to 48 hours before they are processed and results published this weekend.
This will be followed by the publishing of the latest figures by the Premier League and this will include results from Norwich’s first round of tests after they were the only club that didn’t take part in the first phase of tests.
Each Premier League club will be handed up to 100 tests a week over two slots and this is to ensure assistance to clubs as they return to training amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, PFA Director of Player Welfare Michael Bennett has advised players to reach out to the organization if they are facing any anxiety issues during the global pandemic.
The Premier League on Tuesday revealed that six positive coronavirus cases had been confirmed from three clubs from a total of 748 tests after the first phase of mass testing.
The likes of Burnley’s assistant manager Ian Woan and Watford’s Adrian Mariappa are among the positive cases.
The latest round of tests will not comprise the results of previously confirmed cases as those affected will have to stay in self-isolation for seven days after their diagnosis.
Talks were held on Monday via a video conference call between Premier League officials, representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs, and medical experts as they reached an agreement to stage one – non-contact and in little groups – of the return to training protocols.
The Premier League has reiterated that action will only return to the pitch when it is safe and appropriate for all parties involved.
They’ve identified June 12 as the possible date to return for competitive action. We believe that this will ultimately depend on the success of the coronavirus tests.