The Premier League has confirmed that there have been no positive cases of the coronavirus in the latest tests.
A total of 1,130 players and club personnel were tested in the fourth screening session, which took place on Thursday and Friday with the news being a positive one as the Premier League seek to return to action on June 17.
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.
Further positive news came from Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said on Saturday night on Twitter that he was “out of isolation after my Covid-19 test came back negative”.
That apart, there was some negative reports from the Championship after it was revealed that there were ten new cases in the last tests and seven more in League Two.
Among the new cases were Preston’s Jayden Stockley, an unnamed Fulham player, a member of staff at Cardiff, one unnamed individual at Middlesbrough and two from Exeter.
Eight Championship clubs returned positive tests, from a total base of 1,058 tests, while the League Two cases came from just 135 tests across four clubs.
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.
Testing will continue on a twice-weekly basis.