Four more players test positive as testing passes the 1,000 mark
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Four players, from three clubs, have tested positive in the latest round of Premier League coronavirus testing.
The Premier League announced on Wednesday evening that 1,008 players were tested on Monday and Tuesday.
Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
Previously, between May 19 and May 22, 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 on May 17 and 18, six testing positive from three clubs.
For the fourth round of testing - when at least some of the Premier League clubs have resumed contact training – the number of tests available to each club will be increased from 50 to 60.
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In their statement they said: “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.
Some clubs have voluntarily revealed their positive tests results, including Bournemouth, whose manager Eddie Howe said news of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s positive coronavirus test “shook” the club.
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Ramsdale initially tested negative but returned a positive test days later.
The 22-year-old was asymptomatic but is one of eight people to test positive from 1,744 tests across the Premier League so far.
“I imagine anxiety is there among the players,” Howe told the Daily Mail. “I can only imagine they are feeling the same way as I am.
“There was not one positive within our group during the early stages and we were comfortable and felt OK,” added Howe, who was the first Premier League manager to take a pay cut during the coronavirus crisis.
“But as soon as you get that one positive test, that changes the mindset of everybody.
“Suddenly everyone feels vulnerable, everyone is alerted to the fact that this is serious and real.
“Then the unknown comes into play. That shook us. We are now waiting for our next testing times to see if anyone else was in contact with the player.”