No positive results in latest round of COVID-19 tests in Premier League

The Premier League season will resume on June 17 with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United and Manchester City locking horns with Arsenal.

No positive results in latest round of COVID-19 tests in Premier League

Chelsea's Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (L) punches the ball clear has he makes a save during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on March 3, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

In the latest round of COVID-19 tests among the English Premier League players and staff no fresh positive cases have appeared, announced the league in a statement. As the league pumps up their preparation to resume the 2019-20 season on June 17, the new development is all set to bolster their hopes further.

“The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1130 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive,” the league said in a statement on Saturday.

“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,” it added.


In the last round of tests, conducted on May 25 and 26, four news positive cases were reported which had taken the COVID-19 tally in Premier League to 12. The identity of the infected persons was not revealed but it was informed that they have been asked to self-isolate for a period of seven days.

Meanwhile, the players or the staff who tested positive were sent to home isolation for a period of 14 days.

Previous test results

Round 1: 17-18 May – 748 tested, with six testing positive from three clubs.

Round 2: 19-22 May – 996 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.

Round 3: 25-26 May – 1,008 tested, with four testing positive from two clubs.

The English Premier League clubs on Thursday agreed on June 17 as the resumption date for the 2019-20 season. If everything falls in place the competition will return after a suspension of more than 100 days due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place,” the Premier League said in a statement.

However, the Chief Executive of the league Richard Masters said that the return date was not confirmed until all the safety requirements were met.