EPL discovers record 40 weekly virus cases

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Forty players and club staff from the Premier League's 20 teams have tested positive for the coronavirus, the football association says.

The number is more than double the previous weekly high of 18 positive tests reported between December 21-27.

In two rounds of tests last week, 28 positives were found between December 28 and Thursday, with an additional 12 found between Friday and Sunday.

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 says, despite the results, it has "full confidence" in continuing fixtures while Britain is in a state of national lockdown.

"With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the league continues to have confidence in its COVID-19 protocols, fully backed by the government, to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled," a statement said.

Four fixtures have already been postponed because of players testing positive.

Manchester City currently has five men's team and four women's team players self-isolating.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown on Monday due to surging infections in the country caused by a new variant of the virus.