COVID-19 cases have reached a record high in the Premier League, with 40 recorded in the latest rounds of testing – double the previous weekly record of 18 reported a week ago.

However, the UK Government on Monday gave its go-ahead for elite sport to continue in England, despite imposing a strict nationwide coronavirus lockdown. 

Since the discovery of a new variant of the virus, the Premier League has begun testing twice a week and all of the individuals affected have been self-isolating for 10 days.

Three fixtures have been postponed during that time, due to outbreaks at Manchester City and Fulham.

City’s game at Everton was called-off four hours before it was due to be played on the 28th of December, while Fulham had to postpone matches against Tottenham and Burnley in the past week. 

The Premier League says it continues to have confidence in the COVID-19 protocols, which are in place across the top flight, with the majority of clubs still returning low numbers of tests.

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