REVEALED: How Covid has hit a QUARTER of Premier League players with Norwich and Manchester City the worst hit… while Brentford and Leeds are among clubs with 90 per cent vaccination rate and less positive tests

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  • Kovid swept into the Premier League as soon as football was suppressed in lockdown
  • A mail audit on Sunday found that 25 per cent of the 527 players tested positive
  • Figures come amid resistance to vaccination from top-flight payers

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The huge impact of Kovid on the Premier League has been revealed one after the other mail on sunday The audit found that at least 130 first-team players have tested positive for the disease during the pandemic.

The figure equates to 25 per cent of the 527 players registered in the top flight this weekend and has been established with the government, the Premier League and fans’ groups all encouraging greater uptake of vaccines.

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Only seven clubs in the division have reportedly double-pocketed more than half their squads.

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Over 130 Premier League players test positive for Covid, Norwich perform worst

Our study found that 14 of Norwich’s 27-man squad had Covid or 52 per cent, while the next most affected club is Manchester City, with 11 out of 25 players (44 per cent) in that category.

More than 25 percent of Arsenal, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea squads definitely have Covid – with seven to 10 players in their current squads affected.

The four clubs with confirmed vaccination rates of more than 90 per cent of staff – Brentford, Southampton, Wolves and Leeds – are among the clubs with the lowest rates of Covid.

Four Premier League managers have been confirmed to have the disease: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, Brentford’s Thomas Frank, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and West Ham’s David Moyes.

The coronavirus is rampant and some of the most famous players currently in the Premier League range from Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Varane and Edinson Cavani at Manchester United to Mo Salah and Sadio Mane at Liverpool, Riyad Mahrez, Kyle Walker and Ferran Torres at Manchester United. City to N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea.

To date, the league has conducted 129,093 COVID tests on employees of football clubs including players. It is now common for every club to test more than 100 people, including players, coaches and other support staff, twice a week.

Brentford's Thomas Frank and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta both contracted coronavirus

Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta both contracted coronavirus

There have been 331 positive tests under the aegis of PL, but the figure is not divided among players and others. The MoS estimates that there have been more than 160 players, taking into account 130 from our audit and other known cases of players in the league in the past.

For example, at Aston Villa, 10 players tested positive in a single day in a major outbreak last season, and they are not all still at the club. West Bromwich Albion had about 10 cases in PL last season and they are not in our new figures; Nor have PL matters at Fulham and Sheffield United last season.

Our audit doesn’t include any players who believe they may have been diagnosed early on but have never been tested, such as City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Nor does it include dozens of players who tested positive in recent days but are no longer in the league such as Willian and Alex Runnerson, who tested positive in August as Arsenal players but are not currently at the club .

It is impossible to say that the confirmed infection rate of 25 percent is particularly high compared to the general population because the official infection rate among the general public is also hazy.

Liverpool duo of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were both isolated after positive tests

Liverpool duo of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were both isolated after positive tests

There have been 7.8 million positive tests in the UK among a population of 67 million, which equates to a rate of 11.6 per cent. But the true figure is much more than that.

Relatively few infections were picked up during the first wave due to a lack of testing, many asymptomatic cases remain undiagnosed, and reliable studies of antibodies to Covid have varied.

The Premier League has rightly argued that all players have either already been quarantined or are testing twice weekly to show they are not infected. But there remains a campaign to get players vaccinated, not least because some people have been severely affected by the disease.

Newcastle’s Carl Darlow was hospitalized after catching Kovid in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. Darlow’s club mates Isaac Hayden and Jamal Lewis were also impressed, with manager Steve Bruce saying Hayden had been ‘dropped to hell’.

Brentford managed to keep most of its players free of the virus and many were vaccinated

Brentford managed to keep most of its players free of the virus and many were vaccinated

Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings had the virus near the start of the pandemic and was a form of Covid for a long time. He said, ‘I was very ill. ‘It was terrible. I had all the symptoms, and for eight months from that day I lost my smell and taste.’

Adam Lallana of Brighton contracted the disease in January and later said: ‘I was lying in bed for a week – it completely wiped me out.’

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba was diagnosed with the disease in August 2020. “I’ll tell the fitness coach that I feel weird,” he said after recovering. ‘It’s not me. I get tired very quickly and my breathing becomes very fast.’

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz was dropped by the bug in November and said it hit him ‘very hard’ and spent a week in bed ‘and everything was hurting.’

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