England's Premier League suspended until April 4 due to coronavirus

Spain and Italy are among the countries who have also taken similar measures

The Premier League has confirmed it will be suspended until April 4 as the English top-flight becomes the latest to take extreme measures following the outbreak of coronavirus on the continent. 

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Italy was the first to cancel all football activity, with Spain following suit, and the Premier League has now made the same move as covid-19 continues to spread. 

The decision comes after a number of cases, including Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi. Everton, Leicester, West Ham and Watford are also self-isolating for various reasons. 

"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," a statement on Friday read. 

"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."

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