NewsCoronavirus

Actions

After 'damaging' delay to stop sports, UK tries to restart

After 'damaging' delay to stop sports, UK tries to restart
Posted at 3:37 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 15:37:11-04

Arsenal has reopened part of its training ground for players to run alone as the English Premier League accelerates planning for "Project Restart" with the British government.

It comes amid increased scrutiny of Downing Street downplaying the potential for sports to exacerbate the coronavirus outbreak seven weeks ago.

It took Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive for COVID-19 on March 12 for the league to be suspended.

But that week 60,000 people attended each day of the Cheltenham horse racing festival and Liverpool hosted around 3,000 Spanish fans when Atletico Madrid played at Anfield.

Now the decision to allow sports to restart will be informed by experts who said there was "no rationale" to closing them down in the first place.

Global Coronavirus Tracker:

See map here
Data from The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.