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The Premier League have confirmed just two more positive coronavirus cases
Premier League clubs returned to training in small groups earlier on this week
Players and staff were tested for second time at the base of their Premier League clubs
More tests were carried out in second round after allocation of kits increased to 50 per club
The new number of low infections gives increased hope Project Restart plans can go ahead
Watford announced earlier this week Adrian Mariappa and two staff had tested positive
The Premier League’s Project Restart has received another boost after just two more positive coronavirus cases emerged following a further 996 tests conducted on players and staff.
Two people from different clubs have tested positive for the virus in the second round of testing, taking the total number of people infected across Premier League clubs to eight.
The players or staff who tested positive will now self-isolate for seven days, as per government guidelines.
A total of 996 people were tested for coronavirus on Thursday and Friday at the base of their Premier League clubs after they returned to training in small groups.
The low number of new infections, which roughly equates to 0.2 per cent of the number of people tested over the past two days, will give increased hope that the Premier League’s Project Restart plans can go ahead.
More tests were able to be carried out in the second round after the Premier League increased the allocation of kits from 40 to 50 for each club.
The Premier League were not given the identity of the staff or players who tested positive because of data protection issues, but clubs may consider disclosing positive tests in the interests of transparency.
Earlier this week, Burnley broke ranks by announcing that their assistant manager Ian Woan was one of the six people to test positive from the first round of testing.
Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and two members of staff were also diagnosed with the killer virus earlier this week.
Nigel Pearson revealed that two more of his Watford players were forced into isolation after coming into close contact with family members who had coronavirus.
The club’s captain Troy Deeney is not training with the club amid fears for his son’s health while Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is set to be allowed to miss the rest of the season for similar reasons.
The figures in the Premier League are broadly comparable to those in Germany, where there were 10 positives from 1,748 tests across the top two divisions when their players resumed training last month.
Prenetics, the Hong Kong-based biotechnology company that is conducting the testing for the Premier League, claim the tests are 98.8 per cent accurate.