Premier League announces 36 coronavirus cases from two rounds of testing – but won't consider 'circuit break' shutdown

THE Premier League has revealed there have been 36 positive test results returned from the latest TWO rounds of testing.

But top-flight chiefs have claimed they will not consider a 'circuit break' shutdown – despite a growing push for hibernation.

Last week, there were a record 40 positive test results returned from 1,575 players and members of staff.

The latest round of testing saw that figure drop to 36.

And that figure is from many more tests too, with 2,593 players and staff members tested.

The total number shows a slight drop in cases.

However, the previous record – before last Tuesday's whopping 40 – was just 18.

Most-recently, Tottenham vs Aston Villa has become the FIFTH Premier League game to be axed due to Covid.

The clash has been replaced by Tottenham vs Fulham in an unprecedented emergency scheduling change.

Villa failed to get the green light to return to their Bodymoor Heath training ground after the Covid-19 outbreak that saw them field a youth team against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

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It means Fulham, who asked for the initial December 29 game at Tottenham to be postponed because of their own outbreak, will now have no option but to play this week.

Despite the issues, Premier League bosses are unwilling to consider a 'circuit break' shutdown.

A number of clubs from the lower reaches of the top-flight have begun to lobby for a three-week hiatus.

Their argument was bolstered by the latest Covid-19 test figures.

The rebel clubs argue that a break would allow breathing space to deal with the mutant strains that have already caused chaos at Manchester City, Sheffield United, Fulham and Aston Villa.

But while Scottish football’s lower tiers have been mothballed until next month, PL bosses remain insistent that there is no reason to even consider a temporary shutdown.

And that view is backed by the vast majority of top flight clubs, including all of the Big Six, who believe the show must go on.

SunSport understands there has yet to be any suggestion of a formal proposal to put the Premier League on hold.

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