Premier League clubs in Tier 4 to be tested for coronavirus twice a week

All Premier League clubs are set to be tested twice a week in January; clubs currently in Tier 4 are Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham; Premier League confirmed seven positive coronavirus cases in its latest round of testing

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Sky Sports News reporter Rebecca Williams reveals Premier League clubs in Tier 4 are to be tested twice-weekly

Premier League clubs in Tier 4 areas will be tested for Covid-19 twice a week as soon as it is practically possible to do so.

Players and staff at top flight clubs have been tested on a weekly basis since the start of the 2020-21 season but testing at clubs in Tier 4 areas will now revert to the level used during 'Project Restart' in the summer.

The increased testing will be widened out to clubs in lower-tier areas from next month.

The Government placed large parts of south-east and eastern England into Tier 4 over fears of a new strain of the virus which is believed to be more transmissible.

The Premier League clubs currently in Tier 4 are Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham.

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The Premier League had said when it cut testing back to once a week at the start of the new season that it would keep testing levels under review.

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The league's latest figures were released on Monday night, and showed there were seven positive cases out of 1,569 players and club staff tested.

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