The management of the Premier League have announced they are dropping twice-weekly PCR testing for Covid-19 on all players and staff.
Starting from Thursday, 6th January, 2022, Clubs will continue to conduct daily antigen tests on training days but PCR tests will only be taken to confirm a positive antigen result.
The move away from routine PCR testing is understood to have been made completely independently of the change in the UK government’s approach to testing and isolation.
The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) had earlier announced today that from January 11th, an asymptomatic individual who tested positive for Covid-19 on an antigen would no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm the result, and that their period of isolation would begin on the date of the positive antigen, a rule which the premier league will also adopt fully.
The league announced on Monday that 14,250 Covid-19 tests were administered on players and club staff between December 27th and January 2nd, out of which 94 (0.65 per cent) were positive.
This was the first decrease in eight weeks, with 103 positives recorded the previous week.