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Premier League coronavirus crisis as record number of positive tests recorded

The Premier League is facing a coronavirus crisis after recording more positive tests than ever before.

And even more alarmingly is that those who are now having to isolate do not include those who have been away on international duty.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Tottenham's Matt Doherty are just three of the players who have tested positive for the virus while away.

Luka Milivojevic, Andriy Yarmolenko and Branislav Ivanovic are all also isolating and are likely out of action this weekend.

But their figures are not thought to be included in the new Premier League total.

Between November 9 and November 15, the Premier League confirmed that they had tested 1,207 players and staff.

There was a total of 16 new positive cases – over a 50 per cent rise in the previous highest total of 10.

Alarm bells will now be ringing because the total tests have been reduced because of the amount of players away with their countries.

Questions will be asked about how so many people could test positive in the international break period.

It is a far greater total than at any time of Project Restart at the end of last season.

If the numbers continue to rise, there will invariably be moral questions about sport continuing while the country is under national lockdown procedures.

A Premier League statement said: "Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

"No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing."

Previous Premier League test results this season

  • Round 1:  31 Aug-6 Sep – 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.
  • Round 2:  7-13 Sep – 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.
  • Round 3:  14-20 Sep – 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.
  • Round 4:  21-27 Sep – 1,595 tested, with 10 testing positive.
  • Round 5:  28 Sep-4 Oct – 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.
  • Round 6:  5-11 Oct – 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.
  • Round 7:  12-18 Oct – 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.
  • Round 8:  19-25 Oct – 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.
  • Round 9:  26 Oct-1 Nov – 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.
  • Round 10:  2-8 Nov – 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.

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