The Premier League has revealed that a record 103 players and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus in the period from December 20 to 26.
That surpassed the total a week earlier, when the English top-flight hit a new high since testing began in 2020 with 90 positive cases.
So far in December, 15 Premier League games have been called off, while the three divisions below the top tier have been decimated by postponements.
Liverpool’s game against Leeds, Watford’s trip to Wolves and Burnley against Everton, all on Boxing Day, were cancelled.
Arsenal’s home match against Wolves on Tuesday was axed on Sunday after an increase in case numbers among the Wolves’ squad.
Leeds’ game with Aston Villa, scheduled for December 28, was also postponed on Sunday due to Leeds’ continued Covid and injury issues.
Despite the rise in Covid cases and postponements, Premier League chiefs last week opted against halting the season despite calls from some top-flight bosses for a circuit breaker.