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Euro 2020: Crowds of fans on stadiums add to increasing rate of Covid morbidity, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

The same concerns groups of football supporters in bars and pubs in the hosting countries
08:05, 2 July 2021

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The WHO is worried about the crowds of fans on football stadiums, in bars and pubs in countries that host Euro 2020 have been contributing to the growth of Covid-19 sickness rate.

Reuters cites the WHO data, according to which the number of new cases of morbidity already increased by 10 percent due to crowds in the cities and the weakening of social restrictions.

"We need to look much beyond just the stadiums themselves. We need to look at how people get there, are they travelling in large crowded convoys of buses? And when they leave the stadiums, are they going into crowded bars and pubs to watch the matches? It is these small continuous events that are driving the spread of the virus," WHO's senior emergency officer Catherine Smallwood said.

German foreign minister Horst Seehofer described UEFA decision to let large crowds visit the stadiums during the European championship "utterly irresponsible".

Related: WHO urges fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks

On Wednesday, the Scottish government claimed that some 2,000 people visited Euro 2020 matches while being infected with coronavirus. Many of them watched the game between England and Scotland on June 18. Finnish authorities confirmed that coronavirus was found in one-third of football supporters who traveled to St.Petersburg to watch the game of their team against Russia.

"The rise in new COVID-19 cases is happening as the more contagious Delta virus variant spreads rapidly across Europe", concludes Reuters.

Related: Delta strain causing "new deadly wave" in the world, - WHO

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