European Cup matches worry the World Health Organization


On Tuesday, the World Health Organization expressed its concern about easing restrictions related to the Corona virus pandemic in the European Football Cup matches held in 11 countries across the continent, noting that some host cities are witnessing an increase in the number of infections.

“The World Health Organization is concerned about the easing of restrictions in some host countries, as some host stadiums for the tournament are now increasing the number of fans allowed to enter the stadium to watch matches,” the Executive Director of the organization’s regional office in Europe, Rob Butler, said in a statement reached to Agence France-Presse.

He added: In some host cities, there is an increase in the number of HIV infections in the areas where the matches are held. Without mentioning the cities or countries of destination.

The British government allowed, earlier on Tuesday, the presence of more than 60,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in the semi-final and final matches, after the previous permitted number was 40,000.

The organization called for rapid action on this issue, as Butler added: We must act quickly by increasing the number of tests and tracking cases, increasing the frequency of contact tracing, and accelerating vaccination among people who are not immunized and at risk of infection.

In Denmark, 29 injuries were detected related to the European Cup matches that were held in Copenhagen, according to what the local authorities announced on Tuesday.

Annette Likki Petri, an official in the health authorities, said during a press conference that these injuries are related to a person who was injured during the match or who was injured in the match. Theoretically, there could be more people infected.”

The number of people allowed in the “Barken” stadium in Copenhagen has increased from 16,000 to 25,000 since June 17.

In Budapest, the matches were held at the “Puskas Arena”, with a capacity of one hundred percent, with a attendance of 68 thousand spectators.

Although the number of injuries and deaths has decreased in Europe for more than two months, the World Health Organization has repeatedly called for caution.


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