Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (3rd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on March 9, 2020. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP)
LONDON - The top-flight football clubs in England are allowed to resume contact training, announced the Premier League on Wednesday.
The Premier League said in a statement that all their shareholders "today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so."
It means that "squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact."
The Premier League clubs have been allowed to start small-group, non-contact training from last Tuesday after all elite football games in England were suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Premier League confirmed that players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
In the first two rounds of testings, there have been eight positive cases from 1,744 tests including Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.
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