The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that we should not expect large numbers of spectators to attend sports events in 2020. This was announced by Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan, Sportbusiness reported.
“Speaking in a live online discussion, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said it could be “disastrous” to allow the return of sports with tens of thousands of people attending,” reads the message.
Ryan believes that “it is not just the risk of being in the stadium, it is the risk of going to the stadium, the public transport, the bars, and the clubs.”
Nevertheless, the official expects sports venues to begin allowing low numbers of fans, around 1,000 or 2,000, to enter.
As we reported earlier, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the coronavirus outbreak was still a public health emergency.
That is why he is declaring a high alert under the 2005 International Health Regulations.
“Many countries thought they had overcome the worst, but are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some of them that were less affected in the first weeks are now facing increasing numbers of infections and deaths. And some, which immediately had large outbreaks, took them under control," he stressed.