Will Euro 2020 in London be Proliferating COVID-19?
EURO 2020 was planned to be held in 11 cities across Europe. The Tournament has reached the tail end. The Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom is hosting the semi-finals & finals of the Pan-European Football Tournament on 6th (Italy vs Spain), 7th (England vs Denmark) & 11th (Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2) of July 2021.
The last match was played between England and Germany at the Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauded Harry Kane as his triumphant score led to England’s historic victory against Germany. He said, “Harry Kane finally scored!”
Thus, increasing the fervor for football among English fans. In addition to England, Italy, Spain, and Denmark have reached the semis.
It is notified that the spectators would be allowed to watch matches in the stadium under strict precautionary Covid-19 protocols. Only those who either carry a negative COVID-19 report or have been fully vaccinated are allowed at Wembley.
In spite of strict preventive measures, the staging of three of the significant football matches current year, both at abroad and home has reported UK’s reported sky-scraping rise in no. of new Covid-19 cases.
According to the statistics being published by Public Health England – “27,989 Covid-19 cases has been reported by the end of January”
While British Medical Association, in a press conference confirmed on Saturday that “weekly cases in England are up 74% on the previous seven days, while the number of people admitted to hospitals in England with Covid-19 has risen by 55% over the last week”. However, the silver lining is that the death rate remained low due to vaccination and excellent hospitalization.
Dr. Hans Kluge, the head of WHO European Region warned that the Delta variant which was initially identified in India is now spreading rapidly and is a cause of increasing death rate. Mario Draghi, Italian Prime Minister had also warned about the disastrous impact of hosting of championship’s finale by England.
What needs to be seen is – whether Euro 2020 in London would further lead to a spike in the Covid-19 caseload?