A record 18 new coronavirus cases has been recorded in the English Premier in the fresh round of testing just carried out on players and officials of teams in the elite division.
There were just seven cases last week but the new numbers of 18 calls of worry.
A total of 1,479 players and staff were tested for the virus.
The previous record was 16 positive results for the week between November 9 and November 15 – early on in the second lockdown.
Man City’s game against Everton now postponed, with the current total of 18 positive results up from 11 last week.
Newcastle and Man City have both been badly affected by coronavirus in recent weeks.
Scheduled for Monday evening, City’s clash with Everton was called off just hours before kick-off.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus both returned positive Covid tests, as well as two members of staff.
But it’s feared the virus has hit at least HALF of the squad following their trip to London to take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup last week.Follow us on social media