The results of the fifth round of COVID-19 testing in the Premier League were announced on Wednesday, and while the news is not as fantastic as last week, when there were zero new cases, it is still only just 1 new positive test among the 1197 that were adminstered on June 1-2.
The number of tests was increased for the fourth consecutive round, with the league administering an average of nearly 60 per team to include as many players and staff as possible.
As usual, the Premier League only released anonymous aggregate data, but subsequent reporting claimed that the one positive case was a player from Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs later confirmed that one individual at the club did test positive. Like all 12 previous cases around the league, he remains asymptomatic and will isolate for seven days as per protocol. The Guardian claims he’s “not a key first-team player” for whatever that’s worth.
Despite the one new positive test, the overall assessment of the “safety” of the Premier League’s Project Restart and efficacy of the various protocols in place, remains overwhelmingly positive. The first match is set to take place in two weeks!