By Andrew Warshaw
December 14 – Fears that English football could return to another tumultuous period caused by Covid have been heightened after Manchester United’s match against Brentford tonight became the latest top-flight game to be abandoned. postponed as the Premier League reported its highest weekly rate of infections. .
In the latest round of testing, a total of 3,805 tests were performed between December 6 and 12, with 42 positive results recorded – the highest in a seven-day period since testing. starting in May 2020.
The league will therefore ramp up testing of first-team players and staff amid growing concerns about the spread of the omicron variant.
“Everyone’s safety is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases around the country,” a statement said.
“The league has reverted emergency measures and will increase the frequency of both sideline checks and Covid-19 PCR tests for players and staff.
“The Premier League’s Covid-19 emergency measures, which apply to all clubs, include procedures such as wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and time limits. treatment. These complement more frequent checks.
The Brentford-United postponement comes after Tottenham’s trip to Brighton on Sunday. Several other clubs – including Brighton, Norwich and Aston Villa – have also suffered positive tests among players and staff.
“Our Premier League fixture at Brentford on Tuesday 14 December has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course,” a United statement said.
“Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among first team staff and players, the outbreak requires constant monitoring. With training sessions canceled and squad disrupted, and prioritizing the health of players and staff, the club has requested that the match be rescheduled.
Last week, the government announced that fans would need to show proof of double vaccinations or a negative test to attend sporting events crowded with more than 10,000 people in the UK.
The rules will come into effect from December 15, but there are now concerns about the possibility of further postponements as well as the possibility of a return to reduced attendance. Last season, Newcastle United’s match at Aston Villa was postponed just like Manchester City’s match against Everton.
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