"The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. But all the numbers suggest it's getting worse".
The Daily Telegraph reported that some Premier League chairmen had discussed informally a possible two-week "cooling-off" break in the season next month.
Additionally, midweek fixtures in the Football League (EFL) have been called off as a result of clubs being unable to play due to the virus.
The UK government is due to review its COVID-19 lockdown measures on Wednesday after reporting a record high of 53,135 new cases on Tuesday and with infections rising within society in general.
It is understood Spurs are unhappy about the decision and the timing of it.
Tottenham, Liverpool draw in EPL'When are we going to play the games?'
Given the statistics above, Solskjaer isn't just performing well in his role but he's also shown he's tactically as good as any in the league.
"When I listen to the news the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus, we can only do the right thing which is have a circuit break", West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce said after a 5-0 loss to Leeds.
But Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said he had confidence in the rules in place.
He said: "I can't see the benefit in having a circuit break".
"At least in our bubble we've proven to be quite, well, we haven't had too many cases especially within the group and transfer things within the group".
League officials are desperate to avoid suspending the season with broadcast contracts to honour and the postponed European Championship looming in June.
That figure is the highest number of positive results for testing this season, but the rate of 1.22 percent of positive results is slightly lower than the 16 cases found in the 9-15 November testing window, which came out at 1.33 percent in positive results.
City's trip to Chelsea on Sunday, as well as their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United on January 6, is also in doubt, although the picture at the Etihad will become clearer on Wednesday when the results of tests done on Pep Guardiola's squad Tuesday are confirmed.
Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK
AstraZeneca did not specify which dose regime had been approved, but researchers said approval was the most important thing. A test tube labelled with the Vaccine is seen in front of an AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020.