Lack of COVID awareness at Euro final devastating: WHO – Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – A WHO epidemiologist said she had been devastated to see unmasked crowds singing and yelling at the Euro 2020 soccer last in London on Sunday, expressing concerns that it would spur COVID-19 transmission, including of the Delta variant.FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Final – Fans gather for Italy v England – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 England fans collect throughout the match outside Wembley Stadium Action Images by means of Reuters/Lee SmithBritain is facing a brand-new wave of COVID-19 driven by the more transmissible version despite having one of the worlds greatest vaccination rates. It prepares to scrap most remaining anti-coronavirus constraints on July 19, in a relocation that frets some scientists.In unusually forthright remarks from the U.N. health company, which usually refrains from mentioning on the policies of individual member states, its COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove called the sight of the more than 60,000 viewers at the match between Italy and England “devastating”. There were over 2.6 million brand-new cases last week, with Europe experiencing a sharp boost of 30 %, the WHO stated in its latest epidemiological update.More than 4 million people have died given that the start of the pandemic.The WHOs emergencies head Michael Ryan likewise prompted nations last week to utilize severe care when lifting COVID-19 constraints, so as “not to lose the gains youve made”.