A British neurophysiologist, a leading developer of virus models, Karl Friston, predicted a jump in the incidence of coronavirus due to the success of England at Euro 2020. This is reported by the newspaper "Inews".
According to the scientist's calculations, the victory of the English national team in the European Championship may cause more than a million people to become infected with the coronavirus in the coming weeks.
On the day of the semi-final with the Danes, about 70 thousand British fans were infected with COVID-19 at Wembley Stadium and in the fan zone on Trafalgar Square, celebrating the victory on the streets and in pubs. Within a month, the number of cases of infection with the virus associated with the semifinal match will reach 494 thousand, Friston said.
The number of cases after the final can cause more than half a million cases of infection in the next week, the professor predicts.
In his estimates, Friston took into account people who would come to Wembley, watch the game at the stadium and chat after the match, watch the game at home, in a pub, or in the fan zone. This statistic will also include any other activities related to the championship.
From July 19, residents of the UK will be able to attend sports competitions without restrictions. The mandatory wearing of masks will also be abolished. The government does not plan to allow only vaccinated spectators to participate in sports competitions, but this right will remain with the organizers of the competitions.
These measures will not apply to the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020. These matches will be held with restrictions on filling the arena. The final of Euro 2020 Italy вЂ” England will be held on July 11.