Soccer crowds are driving Europe COVID-19 cases says WHO
Crowds gathering for the euro 2020 soccer tournament are driving the current rise in coronavirus infections in Europe. The World Health Organization said on Thursday the number of new cases rose by 10 percent last week.
The who says that was driven by the mixing of crowds in euro 2020 host cities travel and the easing of social restrictions. Catherine Smallwood, is the who’s senior emergency officer. What we need to look at is around the stadia.
How are people getting there? Are they travelling in large, crowded convoys of buses? Are they taking individual measures when they’re doing that? What’s happening after the games? When people leave the stadiums, are they going into crowded bars and pubs to watch the matches, and we’ve said that, should these things this mixing happen, there will be cases, because if this mixing is happening among people who are not fully vaccinated – and There is the presence of the virus.
There will be cases, The W.H.O said that Europe had seen a 10-week decline in new coronavirus infections before the games. Now, the rise in new covert cases is happening as the more contagious delta variant spreads rapidly across the continent.
European soccer’s governing body UEFA said in a statement to Reuters that mitigation measures at host venues are quote fully aligned with the regulations set out by the competent local public health authorities.
Germany’s interior minister called UEFA’s. The decision to allow big crowds utterly irresponsible, and Italy has warned fans from England not to try to use loopholes in COVID-19 travel restrictions to sneak into the quarter-finals in Rome on Saturday, even if they have a ticket.
The rise in infections has raised concern that a third wave could spread across Europe in the autumn. If people don’t get vaccinated.