Premier League confirms four more positive Covid-19 results after third round of testing

The Premier League has announced that four more people have tested positive for Covid-19 after a third round of testing was completed.

The four cases have come from three clubs, with the league not announcing the names of those who tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May, 1008 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, four have tested positive from three clubs," a league statement said.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

"Previously, between 19-22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19, of which two tested positive from two clubs. Some 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19 on 17-18 May, with six testing positive from three clubs.

"For the fourth round of testing, the number of tests available to each club will be increased from 50 to 60.

"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."

After the first round of testing, Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan and Watford defender Adrian Mariappa confirmed that they had tested positive for the virus.

Following the second round, Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said that he had tested positive and backed the Premier League's return to the field, stating that he feels “safe” at training despite his positive test result. 

The Premier League has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, as it eyes a return to the pitch in June. 

On Wednesday, the league took another step towards resumption after  clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training .

"Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training - marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so," read a Premier League statement.  

"Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact."