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Rugby-Twelve positives in latest Premiership COVID-19 tests

Sept 13 (Reuters) - Six players and six members of staff in the English Premiership have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest round of testing, Premiership Rugby said on Saturday.

The Premiership said 1,031 players and staff had been tested and the 12 positive cases were from eight different clubs. However, the positive tests would not affect the staging of this weekend’s six matches.

“Those who tested positive and their close contacts are isolated and assessed in line with the PHE-agreed guidelines,” the Premiership said in a statement, referring to Public Health England. “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided under any circumstances.”

In 10 weeks of testing so far, 37 players and 24 members of staff have tested positive.

The Premiership, which was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resumed in August. After 19 rounds of the season, Exeter Chiefs top the standings with 73 points, 14 ahead of Sale Sharks. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)