English Premier League club, A.F.C Bournemouth has revealed that one of its players has tested positive for COVID-19.
EPL’s governing body began rolling out blanket tests on players from last weekend as part of plans to eventually restart the 2019-20 season after it was halted in March due to the pandemic.
Initial screenings yielded six positive cases from three clubs, with Watford later confirming that two staff members and one player had been infected, defender Adrian Mariappa, who later waived his right to anonymity to speak out about his situation and reassure fans.
“The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May; 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the league’s statement on Saturday read.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. For the second round of testing, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50. Previously, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on 17-18 May, with six testings positive from three clubs. The six who tested positive in the first round of testing are not included in the figures for 19-22 May, as they are still within their seven-day self-isolation period.”
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. 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,” the statement read.