Man Utd game postponed, Premier League announce 42 COVID positives
Manchester United’s game at Brentford on Tuesday has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Man U, the club announced on Monday.
Man U haven’t been able to train since last week. According to The Athletic, the first positive tests came on Sunday, leading to the players being sent home from the training facility. To curb the spread of the virus, the team’s training facility was closed for 24 hours on Monday. Then on Tuesday, the club announced in a statement that their game against Brentford would be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.
“Following the PCR confirmation of positive LFT-Covid-19 tests among first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires continuous monitoring. A decision has been taken to close first-team operations at Carrington for 24 hours to minimize the risk of further infection and people who have tested positive will be isolated in accordance with Premier League protocols.”
“Given the cancellation of training and the disruption to the squad and the health of players and staff, the club have requested a re-arrangement of the game. The Premier League board made the decision to postpone based on advice from medical advisers.
Premier League announce record high COVID positives
Man U isn’t the first club to face COVID issues lately. Numerous others had to postpone games and cancel training sessions due to positive COVID-19 tests. Aston Villa canceled Sunday’s training session due to positive tests in the team. Tottenham Hotspur have postponed two games due to a “significant” number of positive results from players and staff and it is unknown if their Thursday game against Leicester will continue.
Nonetheless, it still came as a shock to the system when the Premier League announced they had 42 positive tests in the past week, more than triple the previous week’s figure (12). Forty-two positive results in one week is a new high.
Due to the outbreaks, the Premier League has announced that all clubs will now return to “emergency measures”. Regardless of vaccination status, players, coaches and staff are now required to wear masks indoors or when travelling. Players are required to social distance and testing is now happening daily.