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8 January 2021

Following the latest round of mandated COVID-19 tests, the EFL can confirm that 3,507 players and staff - from 66 clubs - were tested over the course of the past week, with 112 individuals testing positive.

Players or staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days in line with government guidance.

The EFL’s medical advisors, Dr Richard Higgins and Dr Subhashis Basu, said: "Today’s results reflect the current speed at which the virus is spreading amid the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19, but the low reported numbers across the overwhelming majority of clubs means we remain confident that our protocols continue to mitigate against the spread of infection as intended.

"The protocols, supported by the clubs and government, are allowing us to continue playing fixtures as scheduled, but we cannot be complacent, which is why recently-enhanced matchday and non-matchday COVID protocols have been issued - to underpin the re-introduction of a league-wide testing programme which commences next week.

"Medical advice continues to support that following these protocols is the most successful route to mitigating against the spread of infection."


As announced earlier this week, the EFL and Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) will be introducing twice-weekly COVID-19 testing for all 72 clubs from Monday (January 11).

The re-introduction of a league-wide testing programme is designed to complement the league’s recently-enhanced matchday and non-matchday COVID protocols.

The EFL will continue to make a central announcement of COVID-19 test results - confirming the number of tests taken and number of positives while the testing process remains in place - with results announced every Tuesday.

No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the league.

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