The Euro 2020 final at London’s Wembley Stadium in July was a “superspreader” event because about 2,300 people who attended the match were “likely to be infectious” with the coronavirus at the time, The Times newspaper has reported, citing UK government findings.
A further 3,404 people who attended the match between Italy and England went on to develop Covid-19 shortly after the July 11 event and may have contracted the virus at Wembley, Public Health England found, according to the newspaper.
According to Guardian, more than 9,000 Covid infections were linked to Euro 2020 football games monitored for the government’s mass events test scheme, and scientists have said the tournament generated “a significant risk to public health.”
The match, with a crowd of around 67,000 inside the stadium, was England’s first final in an international football tournament since the country hosted and won the 1966 World Cup.
Coronavirus pandemic has killed over 4.4 million people and infected over 211.3 million globally.