The 33-year-old Reggae Boy Adrian Mariappa has revealed he is one of six people in the Watford player who tested positive for coronavirus in the English Premier League’s first wave of mass testing.
Tests on 748 people were conducted across 19 clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club, also not identified, started testing on Tuesday.
While the Premier League has not revealed the identities of those who have tested positive, as it is a health issue, however, the affected clubs have been releasing statements.
Watford announced late Tuesday that three people, including one player, had tested positive for the virus and all three would self-isolate for seven days in line with league guidelines.
Mariappa told Telegraph Sport that “it’s quite scary how you can feel absolutely fine and not really have left the house, and yet still get the virus.
“If it wasn’t for the fact I had gone back to training and had this test, then I’d never have found out that I had the virus and I would just be getting on with things as normal. That’s obviously quite a strange thought.”
Mariappa revealed he has felt “as fit as ever” during the lockdown, while following a personalised fitness plan, but his immediate focus is with his family.
“I live with three of my children, who are five, nine and 11, and my partner and, obviously, now I’m a bit worried about them,” he said.
Burnley also confirmed in a statement earlier that day that assistant manager Ian Woan had tested positive.
The senior defender, who has at least 50 international caps for Jamaica, will be looking to get re-tested in a week’s time, in keeping with league stipulations.
The Premier League has been suspended since March as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
UK has the world’s second-highest tally of deaths from the coronavirus.