Four individuals connected to three Premier League clubs have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing.
English football’s top flight conducted tests on 1,008 individuals over the course of Monday and Tuesday, with the four who tested positive now required to self-isolate.
The next set of testing will be the first to be conducted when at least some of the Premier League clubs have resumed contact training, which was unanimously approved on Wednesday.
The Premier League said the number of tests per club would increase from 50 to 60 for the next round, which will be the fourth overall.
A Premier League statement on contact training continued: “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.
“The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.
“Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for Covid-19 twice a week.
“Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.
“Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.”