The English Football League has agreed to suspend all fixtures until April 4.
The decision comes as the Premier League chiefs meet to decide the response to the outbreak. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
The government had told the football league to carry on as usual as the risk of catching the virus in a stadium was low. However, with the virus now circulating between players and staff members, suspending the league is the only viable option.
Three Leicester City players are also being tested for COVID-19, while Everton announced on Thursday that the squad was in self-isolation after a player reported symptoms consistent with the virus.
Furthermore, European football’s governing body UEFA has announced that all Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week have been postponed.
Other leagues across Europe have also suspended their fixtures, including Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.