All Egyptian league footballers complete PCR tests; 15 players recovered from coronavirus

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 5 Jul 2020

The Egyptian Premier League will resume 7 August after almost five months of suspended activities

Pyramids beat Ahly 1-0 in the Egypt Cup round of 16 (Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced Sunday that all Egyptian League players underwent PCR tests (a test that can detect antibodies from exposure to the Covid-19 pandemic) and are ready to resume sports activities.

EFA said it had been given the green light by the government to resume the Premier League, which has been on hold since mid-March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

"All Egyptian Premier League clubs underwent PCR tests; 80 percent of them made the tests three times," EFA executive director Walid El-Attar told a radio programme Sunday.

“The medical staff detected 15 players testing positive for antibodies tests, which means they sustained the virus and recovered from it," he added.

The EFA's medical committee announced late on Saturday that from among all tests, 27 persons tested positive for Coronavirus and they are now in isolation according to the protocol.

The Egyptian Premier League will resume 7 August, EFA announced Thursday, after almost five months of suspended activities.

Premier League title holders Ahly is leading the teams table with 49 points after playing 17 matches, 16 points over second placed Arab Contractors who played one game more.

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