With the deadly infection ravaging Europe, the English league have joined the major leagues on the continent in postponing league matches.
Premier League games have been postponed till 3 April, according to a statement released by the league management body.
The Premier League has come under severe attack from the coronavirus in recent days with Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, and recently Everton placing players and members of staff in isolation.
Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi is the first Premier League player to contract the deadly virus, but the Blues youngster is reportedly close to full recovery.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has also been infected, a situation which forced the postponement of their weekend clash with Brighton.
Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and the rest of the Foxes squad have all been isolated and placed under close observation after some Leicester City players showed symptoms of the coronavirus.
The Premier League statement published on their official website read in part:
“Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.
“In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”
With the Premier League, Ligue 1, La Liga, and Serie A postponing their league fixtures, only the Bundesliga will see action in Europe’s top five leagues this weekend, after which there won’t be any more games till further notice.