Aston Villa announce serious Covid outbreak at training ground including first-team players

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Aston Villa have announced a serious Covid outbreak at their Bodymoor Heath training ground.

Premier League team Aston Villa have announced a serious outbreak of Coronavirus at the clubs Bodymoor Heath training facility.

In a statement published on their website the club announced: Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.

A large number of first team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation.

A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today.

First team training ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup match with Liverpool was cancelled.

Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League.

The news will come as a shock to the Premier League after theyΒ announced a record number of positive COVID-19 tests were recorded over the last few weeks.

The BBC reported forty players and club staff had tested positive for the virus over the past week which is more than double the previous weekly high. Now with Villas positive results the situation has grown more severe.

The league were initially only testing once per week but due to the surge in cases across the UK 2,295 tests were conducted in two rounds over the last week to tackle the growing numbers.

The sharp increase in cases has forced British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to announce new lockdown restrictions for the United Kingdom leaving fans wondering if it affects the Premier League.

Thankfully all elite level sports – including the Premier League – are authorised to continue under COVID guidelines as reported by Sky News.

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