Euro 2020 final a 'superspreader' event

More than 5,600 people infected.

Belmont Lay | August 21, 2021, 01:54 PM

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The Euro 2020 football final between England and Italy on July 11 was a Covid-19 "superspreader" event, according to official data published on Aug. 20, 2021, Reuters reported.

The official data pertained to the level of Covid-19 infection found in or around London's Wembley Stadium that day.

The match was attended by around 67,000 people inside the stadium, which was England's first final in an international football tournament since the country hosted and won the World Cup in 1966.

More than 5,600 people infected with Covid-19

Public Health England said 2,295 people were likely to have been infectious at the match.

A further 3,404 people potentially acquired the infection after they were in attendance that day.

Jenifer Smith, Public Health England's deputy medical director, called the final "a unique occasion" and this number of Covid-19 cases is an outlier event.

She said: "Euro 2020 was a unique occasion and it is unlikely we would see a similar impact on Covid-19 cases from future events."

She added that the data is a reminder about how easily Covid-19 can spread when there is close contact and this should be a warning as the population returns to normal life.

Other mass events showed lower Covid-19 numbers

So far, other trial events over a four-month period showed far fewer positive tests in line with or lower than national averages.

A 350,000-strong crowd at the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone in July over three days yielded 585 cases recorded by NHS Test and Trace -- of which 343 were likely already infectious and the rest likely to have acquired an infection then.

This was the largest event in Britain in more than 18 months.

The Wimbledon tennis championships recorded 881 cases after around 300,000 people attended the event over two weeks.

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