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No positive coronavirus results in latest round of Premier League tests

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There were no positive tests in the fourth round of Covid-19 tests.

The Premier League has revealed there were no positive results from its latest round of Covid-19 testing, providing a timely confidence boost for the planned June 17 restart.

A total of 1,130 players and club personnel were tested in the fourth screening session, which took place on Thursday and Friday, and yielded the first all-clear.

The news is likely to offer some measure of relief and reassurance over the league's scheduled resumption next month and comes at an apt moment after the Government made a point of telling the public "football is back" as part of a wider announcement on the return of elite sport.

The Premier League plans to return in June (Peter Byrne/PA)

A statement read: "The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1,130 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, zero have tested positive."

The current testing round was the largest yet, with each club's maximum allocation upped from 50 to 60, and also the first to take place since the unanimous vote to begin contact training. The previous three rounds, completed between May 17 and May 26, yielded a total of 12 positives from a sample size in excess of 2,700.

There were six positive cases from three clubs in round one, two from two clubs in round two and four from two clubs in round three.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who had revealed he was one of the previous positive results, said on Saturday night on Twitter he was "out of isolation after my Covid-19 test came back negative".

  • Round 1: 6 positives from 748 tests
  • Round 2: 2 positives from 996 tests
  • Round 3: 4 positives from 1,008 tests
  • Round 4: 0 positives from 1,130 tests

Testing will continue on a twice-weekly basis.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters had earlier noted the Government's signal – delivered by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at the daily Downing Street briefing."The Premier League welcomes the Government's announcement today," said Masters.

"We have provisionally planned to restart the Premier League on 17 June, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

"This includes consulting with our clubs, players and managers – along with all our other stakeholders – as the health and welfare of our participants and supporters is our priority.

Oliver Dowden gave the Government's briefing on Saturday (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street)

"If all goes well, we will be thrilled to resume the 2019-20 season in just over two weeks' time."

There remains some questions to answer over the issue of venues, with police chiefs keen to see at least six high-profile matches held on neutral turf.

Asked directly about the fixtures which have been identified – and specifically about the Merseyside derby – Dowden said: "It is up to each individual sport to apply (Government) guidelines and determine the way in which they do so."

He added that police and local authorities will determine together which venues are appropriate for matches.

Police will have a say on the venues (Steven Paston/PA)

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, said fans congregating outside stadiums as football returns is "clearly a police matter".

He said: "There has to be enough understanding that the venue can cope with the segregation and the organisation and the social distancing right up until the kick-off whistle until the final whistle to make that the safest possible experience for everybody there.

"And that's going to be a crucial factor as well in choosing these venues."

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