WHO raises alarm over virus spread at Euro 2020 as Italy bars travelling England fans

Host cities of Euro 2020 football matches need to better monitor the movement of spectators, including before they arrive and after they leave the stadiums, the World Health Organization said.

When asked about recommendations in the face of rising cases in London and Saint Petersburg, the Senior Emergency Officer at WHO’s European office said, “We need to look…beyond just the stadia themselves. What we know is that in a context of increasing transmission, large mass gatherings can act as amplifiers in terms of transmission.”

The British capital is due to host the semi-finals and final of the tournament this week, while the Russian city hosted a quarter-final on July 3.

Italy also warned fans from England not to try to use loopholes in COVID-19 travel restrictions to sneak into the Euro quarter-final between England and Ukraine in Rome on July 3, even if they had a ticket.

Hundreds of cases have been detected among spectators.

Source: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-02/WHO-raises-alarm-over-virus-spread-at-Euro-2020-11yZiSPVPeE/index.html

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