Premier League rocked by highest ever Covid cases 24 hours after game cancelled

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The Premier League has confirmed 18 more positive Covid-19 cases in the latest round of testing, which is up 11 from last week.

England’s top flight were forced to postpone Everton and Manchester City’s clash at Goodison Park on Monday night when another five of the visitors’ players tested positive for coronavirus.

That came after Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus contracted the virus before their win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, along with two members of City’s staff.

And after accepting the club’s request to postpone their showdown with the Toffees, Premier League officials have now confirmed a total of 18 positive Covid-19 tests in the latest round of testing.

A statement reads: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

“Of these, there were 18 new positive tests.

“Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

“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.”

The latest return of positive Covid-19 cases is the largest since Premier League chiefs began testing ahead of the new season on 31 August.

Only seven players or members of staff tested positive from December 14-20, meaning there has been an increase of 11 cases in the latest round of testing.

It is believed nine of those have come from City, who were left with another five positives on Monday after reporting four on Christmas Day.

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Pep Guardiola’s side are due to lock horns with Chelsea in their next outing on January 3, but it is unclear whether that fixture will now be able to go ahead.

City’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United on January 6 is also in jeopardy.

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