Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the congestion of people in the host cities of the European Championship 2020 led to an increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus.
The representative of the organization believes that the absence of restrictions on fans will lead to a new wave of pandemics.
вЂњWe need to look not only at the stadiums themselves. We need to see how people get there, how they travel in crowded columns of buses. When they leave the stadiums, they go to crowded bars and pubs, вЂњ Smallwood quotes Inside the Games.
The European Championship was postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the tournament matches were held in arenas with a 20% occupancy rate. At the same time, there were no restrictions at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, and up to 61 thousand people could come to the matches in Hungary.
Last week, the UK government approved that more than 60 thousand fans will be allowed to attend the semi-final matches and the final.