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Project Restart took another knock as two tests came back positive from two different clubs in the second round of screening.
The Premier League has confirmed that two out of 996 tests on players and staff came back positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing.
The first screening has six confirmed cases out of 748 tests as the Premier League aims to conduct regular tests to ensure the safety of the players and staff.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
“For the second round of testing, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.
“Previously, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on 17-18 May, with six testing positive from three clubs.
“The six who tested positive in the first round of testing are not included in the figures for 19-22 May, as they are still within their seven-day self-isolation period.
“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 Premier League is planning to restart in June, but not every player is comfortable with the idea. Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has had to opt out of training due to his fear about contracting the virus.