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The Premier League implemented testing for players and staff from last weekend.

Players and staff from all 20 clubs are now being tested twice a week for coronavirus as the League hopes to move closer to a return to action.

On Monday, clubs voted to return to training in small groups with strict social-distancing measures and regular testing.

But what are the tests all about? We take a look.

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Where are the tests coming from?

The Premier League are spending £4million to acquire the tests from Hong Kong firm Prenetics to make sure Project Restart stays on track and safely.

Prenetics are set to provide around 1,600 tests per week which determine whether the participant has the virus now. It will not reveal any past infection.

How many tests will be used?

In this phase, clubs will receive 80 tests per week, allowing them to test 40 members of playing and coaching staff twice a week.

Will the tests impact the NHS?

Not according to Prenetics chief Avi Lasarow, who told Sky Sports : “I can categorically say that the testing we’re undertaking, the process we’re undertaking from everything related to PPE (personal protective equipment) to the swabs to the actual laboratory analytical process, is not taking away from NHS resources at all.

“We work with UK-accredited laboratories, within our consortium, and the capacity which is being made available for employers to take testing for their employees, does not impinge whatsoever on NHS capability.”

How are the tests done?

The tests are a swab of the nose and another from the back of the throat, only causing mild discomfort.

They are done at drive-through stations and samples are then sealed and sent directly via courier to a private facility named ‘The Doctors Laboratory’ in London.

The results are then sent back to the clubs within 48 hours.

What if a player tests positive?

If a player or member of staff shows symptoms or tests positive, they must self-isolate before being tested again seven days later.

The same applies even if they have symptoms and test negative.

The Premier League’s medical advisor, Dr Mark Gillett said: “If a player tests positive, it’s only him and his family who need to isolate, not anybody else.

“This will need to be looked at again when contact training resumes, however.”

Extra measures

Players won’t just be doing tests. Every day they must give a temperature reading as well as filling out a medical questionnaire.

Test results so far

The opening tests saw 748 players and staff tested with just six positive cases across three clubs.

That represented just a 0.8% return of positive tests from those tested.

In their opening tests, Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga, which have now resumed, had 10 positive tests, though that was across two leagues. Spain reported five across their top two divisions.

Positive tests were fully expected from the opening round of tests.

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