The Euro 2020 football final between England and Italy in July was a “common” event due to the level of COVID-19 infection detected in or around London’s Wembley Stadium that day, according to official figures released on Friday
British Public Health said that during the 11 July match, 2,295 people were likely to be infected, and 3,404 people could be infected.
“The Euro final was a very common event,” he told the Times.
The match, which drew a crowd of around 67,000 into the stadium, was the first final in an international football tournament since England hosted and won the 1966 World Cup.
“Euro 2020 was a unique event and it is unlikely that we will see a similar impact from future events to COVID-19 events,” said Jennifer Smith, Deputy Director of Public Health England.
“But the data shows how easily the virus can spread in close contact, and this should be a warning to all of us as we try to return to a more cautious norm.”
Euro 2020 final at Wembley was a ‘superspreader’ event:
Other test events over a four-month period showed fewer positive tests or were generally in line with or lower than national averages.
The British Formula 1 Grand Prix, held at Silverstone in July, gathered the largest crowd of 350,000 in the UK in over 18 months in three months, with 585 events recorded by NHS Test and Trace.
Of these, 343 were probably already infected at the time of the incident, while the rest were infected at the time.
In the Wimbledon tennis championship, which was attended by approximately 300,000 people, 881 events were recorded in two weeks.
“We have shown that we can safely restart mass sports and cultural events, but it is important for people to be cautious when intervening in very crowded conditions,” said Culture Minister Oliver Dowden. said.
“I urge fans of sports, music and culture to get vaccinated this winter to keep football season, theaters and concerts safe with full crowds, as this is the safest way to fire all cylinders.”
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