Premier League confirm record number of positive COVID-19 cases

Premier League confirm record number of positive COVID-19 cases

The Premier League does not reveal the identities of players or clubs on privacy grounds, although Arsenal confirmed on Monday that defender Gabriel Magalhaes has also tested positive for coronavirus and, like Jesus and Walker, is now self-isolating in accordance with United Kingdom guidelines.

City announced two players - Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker - as well as two members of staff had tested positive on Christmas Day.

Everton Football Club regret the postponement of tonight's match against Manchester City - not only for the 2,000 fans who would have been attending, but for supporters on Merseyside and across the world.

Manchester City's first team squad will return to training on Wednesday after a COVID-19 outbreak forced them to close their facilities and postpone Monday's match at Everton, the Premier League club said. "The Premier League Board has consulted its medical advisors and the decision to postpone the game has been taken as a precaution and with the health of players and staff as the priority".

The bubble will undergo further testing in the coming days, the results of which will inform and dictate the next steps. Monday's game was the second to be moved this season after an outbreak at Newcastle United prompted the league to call off their match at Aston Villa earlier this month.

Several of Orient's players returned positive tests ahead of their third round game against Tottenham in September.

The Premier League then made a decision to postpone the game - which had been set to be played in front of 2,000 fans - the second top-flight fixture to be pushed back this season due to Covid-19 after Newcastle at Aston Villa earlier this month. All those games must now be in doubt pending further test.

City are next scheduled to visit Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, but Blues manager Frank Lampard is bracing himself for that game to be postponed.

The Premier League has reported its highest number of positive coronavirus cases in a single week.

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