Premier League records 40 new COVID-19 cases, highest in a week

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VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF PREMIER LEAGUE HEADQUARTERS AND EXTERIORS OF FOOTBALL GROUNDS AT LIVERPOOL, MANCHESTER UNITED, CHELSEA, TOTTENHAM, MAN CITY AND ARSENAL

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1. VARIOUS OF PREMIER LEAGUE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN LONDON

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JUNE 25, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

2. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF ANFIELD

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 19, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

3. ETIHAD STADIUM SIGN ON EXTERIOR OF MANCHESTER CITY STADIUM

4. EXTERIORS OF STADIUM

5. VARIOUS OF EXTERIORS OF CITY STORE

6. STADIUM SIGN

7. STADIUM

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8. MANCHESTER UNITED SIGN ON OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM

9. EXTERIOR OF OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM

10. STATUE OF FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, MATT BUSBY OUTSIDE THE STADIUM

11. MANCHESTER UNITED SIGN ON EXTERIOR OF STADIUM

12. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM

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13. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF ARSENAL'S EMIRATES STADIUM

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14. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF CHELSEA'S STAMFORD BRIDGE GROUND

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

15. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM

16. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR CLUB CREST

17. IMAGES OF PLAYERS INCLUDING CLUB CAPTAIN HARRY KANE

18. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF STADIUM

STORY: The Premier League said on Tuesday (January 5) that a total of 40 individuals tested positive for COVID-19, the highest number of cases in a week this season, in two rounds of tests conducted last week.

Since the new season kicked off, 171 individuals in the English top-flight have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in 19 rounds of testing.

The league, which is now conducting tests twice per week, did not name the people who tested positive but said they will self-isolate for 10 days.

"The Premier League... can today confirm that between Monday 28 December and Thursday 31 December, 1,311 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 28 new positive tests," the league said in a statement.

"Between Friday 1 January and Sunday 3 January, 984 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 and of these, there were 12 new positives."

Last week, Fulham's games at Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur were called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the west London club, while Manchester City's match at Everton was cancelled due to fresh COVID-19 cases reported at the Etihad club.

The United Kingdom has recorded more than 2.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 75,000 deaths, as per a Reuters tally.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national COVID-19 lockdown on Monday (January 5) due to surging infections in the country caused by a new variant of the virus, but the Premier League will be allowed to continue.

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