In the Premier League, a record number of players and staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
An official statement from the league indicated that 103 additional positive cases were verified between Monday, December 20 and Sunday, December 26.
As the Premier League expands its testing capacity, 15,186 Covid-19 tests were performed to players and staff at Premier League teams during that time.
In a statement, the Premier League said: “The safety of everyone is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in response to the impact of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
“We are also liaising closely with the Government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.
The league said that it has returned to emergency measures to prevent the virus from spreading further, raising testing to a daily lateral flow test and a PCR test twice a week at each club.
Clubs were formerly required to do lateral flow testing twice a week.
In addition, the emergency measures reinstall protocols to restrict illness transmission, such as wearing facial covers indoors, keeping social distance, and limiting the amount of time each participant may remain on the treatment table.
According to Premier League data, testing has nearly doubled since December 13th, in accordance with the rising number of cases discovered.
Last month, less than 30 instances were verified, compared to 307 since November 29.
Despite rising Covid-19 statistics, Premier League and EFL teams opted to complete the holiday matches, stating that games will be played as long as it is’safe to do so.’
Since the 10th of December, 15 games have been postponed due to Covid-19, beginning with Brighton’s away encounter against Tottenham.
Arsenal’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday was the most recent addition to the list, which also included Leeds against Aston Villa.
Only six of the nine Boxing Day games were played, as Leeds United, Wolves, and Everton were unable to present complete squads.
Games must be played if a side has 14 fit players, including under-21s, and at least one goalkeeper, according to Premier League rules.
As a logjam of fixtures approaches at the conclusion of the season, there is increasing pressure on the league to find a solution for postponed games.