Euro 2020: WHO voices concern over crowded stadiums

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of easing COVID-19 regulations as many Euro 2020 host countries are allowing large crowds of spectators to gather in stadiums and watch matches.

The concerns came after the British government announcement on Tuesday, saying that more than 60,000 fans will be allowed to attend the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley, which will be played between 6-11 July.

Not mentioning specific countries or cities where coronavirus restrictions were flouted, WHO regretted “that some stadiums hosting the tournament are currently raising the number of spectators allowed to see a match.”

“In some of the host cities, COVID-19 cases are already on the rise in areas where matches are played,” read a statement by Robb Butler, executive director of WHO Europe.

Britain recorded 11,625 Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday, marking the highest daily number since mid-February, amid the fear of spreading the Delta variant.

The decision for opening stadium’s doors to fans has been raising fears over spreading the Delta variant of the COVID-19, which caused a catastrophe in India by killing thousands of people every day in the last two months.