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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said on Thursday that Premier League matches will not yet be cancelled despite the coronavirus epidemic after a COBRA meeting was held at Downing Street.
He said: “We are considering the question of banning major public events such as sporting fixtures.
“The scientific advice is that this will have little effect on the spread but there’s also the issue of the burden such events can place on public services.
“We are discussing these issues with colleagues in all parts of the UK and will have more to say shortly about the timing of further action.”
He added on mass gatherings and sporting events: “It is very important we are guided by the science… there is no
evidence [to cancel].
“We are not saying no but it is very important we maximise the benefits of our interventions [by timing it right].”
But after Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first Premier League player to test positive to the virus and Mikel Arteta became the first manager in the Premier League, a decision has now been made to suspend the Premier League until next month.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has slammed the UK government for not closing down schools as well.
He posted on Twitter: “So, you’re saying and admitting the disease will spread so much over the next weeks/months but you’re not closing schools “just yet”… You will have to close them eventually anyway. Why not do it now and avoid more trouble?”