The Premier League have confirmed that four cases of COVID-19 have been detected from the latest round of testing, which saw 2,131 players and club staff checked for the virus.
That is an increase of one positive case from the previous round of testing, although this latest screening included nearly 500 more players and staff.
“The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 7 September and Sunday 13 September, 2,131 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19,” a statement on the league’s official website read. “Of these, there were four 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 pandemic has left all Premier League sides forced to play games behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, while teams are also braced for the financial impact the delay of last season will have.
According to The Telegraph, Liverpool will face the biggest bill as they are expected to lose out on £17.3m of the television revenue they are due.
It’s not all bad though, as the Reds are still likely to take home a whopping £143.8m thanks to their status as title holders when all is said and done.
Manchester City, who finished second in the table, are facing a bill of £16.8m, which is slightly more than the £16.2m and £16.3m which Manchester United and Chelsea are forecast to repay respectively.
The three relegated sides – Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford – are only projected to lose around 7.5% of their income, but the biggest blow could be in a reduction to parachute payments, with the trio set to miss out on £2.6m this season and £2.1m next year.