EPL: Second lockdown looms after record-high number of COVID-19 cases

The Premier League has recorded its highest number of positive Coronavirus results of the season, with 18 new cases.

These new cases are from the 1,479 players and club staff tested between December 21 and 27.

Some of those cases are at Manchester City and the outbreak saw their game at Everton called off on Monday.

Before Tuesday, the highest number of cases this season was 16, during the week of November 9 to 15.

“The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and Club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 18 new positive tests.

“Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

“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,” a Premier League statement read.

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