Sixteen positive in latest Premier League COVID-19 tests

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Liverpool - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - October 4, 2020. General view of match balls during the warm up before the match. Pool via REUTERS/Rui Vieira /File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - The Premier League said on Monday that 16 people had returned positive results in its latest round of COVID-19 tests conducted on players and staff last week, the highest number of cases in a single round since the new season began in September.

The league said the individuals who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus would now self-isolate for 10 days.

"The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 9 November and Sunday 15 November, 1,207 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 16 new positive tests," the league said in a statement here.

A total of 68 people have tested positive for the virus in 11 rounds of testing this season.

There have been more than 1.3 million COVID-19 infections and over 51,000 deaths in the United Kingdom, according to a Reuters tally.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris