Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.

"This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly," said Arteta. 

"I will be at work as soon as I'm allowed."

The club has closed their training ground and staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.

The Premier League will hold an emergency club meeting on Friday to discuss future fixtures.

All 20 Premier League clubs are reported to be putting a unified strategy in place and one of the possible options that will be discussed at the meeting is postponing all 10 of this weekend's scheduled fixtures.

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham said that the health of staff,players and the wider public is a priority and that is where the clubs focus is.

"We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows," he said.

The coronavirus is the worst public health crisis for a generation.

590 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, as two more fatalities take the number of people to die in UK hospitals to 10. 

The rise in confirmed cases is the largest day-on-day increase since the outbreak began. One week ago. The total number of cases stood at 115. Thursday's total of 590 is more than five times greater than the equivalent figure one week ago.

Cancellation of major sporting events and fixtures

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events around the globe. 

The NBA suspended regular season play, indefinitely, on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix has been cancelled only hours before the first practice session was scheduled to get underway at Albert Park.

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