NORWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 15, 2020: Liverpool's Naby Keita (L) and Norwich City's Kenny McLean during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Premier League reveals 0.17% COVID-19 positive rate in penultimate test before restart

A Norwich player is set to miss the restart of the Premier League season after testing positive for coronavirus.

The unnamed player was one of two positive results from the 1,200 checks across the division on Thursday and Friday and he must now isolate for seven days before being tested again, with the Canaries facing Southampton on Friday.

One individual at another club, as yet unidentified, also tested positive.

A Norwich statement read: “Norwich City can confirm that one of its players has returned a positive test result following the recent round of COVID-19 testing.

“In line with the Premier League’s protocols, the player will now self-isolate for a period of seven days before being tested again at a later date. The player must return a negative test result before being able to resume training.

“The club will not name the player in question and asks that his request for privacy and confidentiality are respected at this time.”

The player played for Norwich against Tottenham in a friendly on Friday, but players from neither set of clubs who may have come in contact with the player will have to self-isolate as they will not have deemed to have been in contact for long enough, according to Premier League advice.

Premier League test results

  • May 17-18 – 6 positives from 748 tests (0.8%)
  • May 19-22 – 2 positives from 996 tests (0.2%)
  • May 25-26 – 4 positives from 1,008 tests (0.4%)
  • May 28-29 – 0 positives from 1,130 tests (0%)
  • June 1-2 – 1 positive from 1,197 tests (0.1%)
  • June 4-5 – 0 positives from 1,195 tests (0%)
  • June 8-9 – 1 positive from 1,213 tests (0.1%)
  • June 11-12 – 2 positives from 1,200 tests (0.2%)

Spurs confirmed they have not had any positive tests.

They said in a statement: “We continue to operate within the strict guidelines outlined by the Premier League to ensure we avoid any risk of infection spreading should anyone else test positive, including practising social distancing so no ‘close contacts’ are created, which has been defined by government as being within two metres of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more.

“This means that no other member of the squad or staff should be forced to self-isolate other than the person who returns a positive test result and their household members.

“The Norwich player in question has confirmed he had no ‘close contacts’ with our team yesterday and our squad has also verified this.

“Our testing has continued to return only negative results for COVID-19 since one positive reading was confirmed almost two weeks ago.”

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 29, 2020: Liverpool during the FA and Watford players walk out before the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The low number of positive tests in the eighth round of testing will again be seen as good news for Project Restart, which is due to get underway in five days.

Aston Villa and Sheffield United get the action underway on Wednesday before Manchester City take on Arsenal later the same day.

A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 11 June and Friday 12 June, 1,200 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.

“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.”