The latest figures for the number of Premier League players positive for Covid-19 turned out to be over 100 for the first time. And the latest victim is Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, as reported by the official Arsenal website, and he will not be able to be at our game against Manchester City if the game continues.
The Spaniard was one of the first victims of the football-related virus in March 2020, and it was the following week that the Premier League was suspended in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.
Now, 21 months later, the UK now has a record number of positive cases among its citizens, although it is assumed that the new Omicron variant is not expected to have consequences as severe as previous figures.
But it is still spreading at a faster rate among sportsmen as well as the general public, it looks like our club could play in empty stadiums again very soon, or at least with a very reduced fan base in the Emirates.
Restrictions are already in place to prevent unvaccinated fans from entering stadiums, but now the government is urging everyone to get the third ‘booster shot’ to increase protection against Omicron, with the PM saying 90 % of patients in intensive care did not have the booster. “I’m sorry to say this, but the overwhelming majority of people who find themselves in intensive care in our hospitals right now are people who aren’t boosted,” Johnson told The Standard.
“I’ve spoken to doctors who say the numbers reach 90% of people in intensive care.”
“The Omicron variant continues to be a real problem, you see more cases in hospitals, but it’s obviously lighter than the Delta variant.”
The Premier League is already experiencing a massive disruption to the fixture list, so it is only a matter of time before the EPL is completely suspended, which happened the last time Arteta was tested. positive?