English Premier League Soccer Suspended Amid Coronavirus Fears

The English Premier League, the world's most widely-watched and richest soccer division, has suspended all games until April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes a day after it was revealed that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19, the illness that is caused by the virus and affects lungs and airways, and several teams announced that their games this Saturday were being postponed. The decision was made on Friday following an emergency meeting by the league and all 20 clubs.

Earlier on Friday, Everton confirmed that, as a precautionary measure, its entire first-team squad and coaching staff is undertaking a period of self-isolation following medical advice after a first-team player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

The league, which Liverpool is currently topping and who only need to win 2 more games to win due to their massive lead over second place Manchester City, kicked off on Aug. 9 and was due to wrap on May 17.


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