The U.K. government minister responsible for sports is working with the Premier League to try to accelerate its return, despite the country nearing 160,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Monday.

"I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community," culture secretary Oliver Dowden said, according to The Guardian's Paul MacInnes.

"But, of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance," he added.

Dowden's determination to revive the soccer season follows reports of the Premier League initiating a plan named "Project Restart," which aims for a June 8 return and to conclude the 2019-20 term by the end of July.