EPL: Clubs Fear Season Shut Down Over Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Premier League clubs fear that mass postponements of matches could lead to another shutdown due to the spike in the cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, SportsMail reports.

Premier League
Premier League

On Monday night, the league confirmed 42 positive tests. That is the most ever recorded in a single week.

At least five clubs have confirmed cases, including Manchester United whose fixture at Brentford on Tuesday night has now been postponed.

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The clubs’ worries have been exacerbated by the slow pace of their vaccination programmes. This has left most players facing a long wait to receive the booster jab, after research showed that two jabs offer little immunity against Omicron.

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Wolves are the only top-flight club set to meet UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s target of boosting all over-18s by the end of the month. Leeds and Brentford are also understood to be well advanced.

Many players at the other clubs face a long wait, as the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is still insisting on a three-month gap between second and third vaccine doses.

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The Premier League’s vaccine data is a closely guarded secret, but the last information they published on October 19 stated that 68 per cent of players were fully vaccinated.

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