In an attempt to avoid the spread of coronavirus, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he did not see the value of the Premier League temporarily halting the action.
In the week beginning on December 21, the Premier League announced 18 new positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, the largest number of positive results in a single round of tests this season.
The news came only one day after Everton’s Manchester City game was postponed at four hours’ notice due to an outbreak of coronavirus at Etihad Stadium, although there is also concern regarding Fulham’s match against Tottenham on Wednesday.
Eighteen positive cases exceed the previous high of 16 recorded in the week starting on November 9 and represent the larger English situation, with more people now in the hospital due to the virus than at the height of the first wave in April.
A tight collection of restrictions intended to reverse the tide of the pandemic, West Brom head coach Sam Allardyce has called for a circuit breaker, but Solskjaer is uncertain what gain it will offer.