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The English Premier League – the world’s richest top-flight division – has been hit by the decision to postpone all professional football in England until early April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 3 April at the earliest,” said a statement on the Football Association’s website.

“This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus.”

Friday’s decision came after a number of Premier League clubs, players and managers were impacted by COVID-19.

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An advertisement warning people of the threat from the coronavirus is shown on the big screen at half-time during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Aston Villa.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is self-isolating after testing positive, the club said in a statement on Thursday, leading Saturday’s match against Brighton to be postponed.