The World Health Organization (WHO) was “concerned” on Thursday about the growing contagion of coronavirus countries that host the European Football Championship and urged to assess the risks and promote mitigation measures.
“We are concerned about large gatherings of people, especially in countries where new cases are increasing. It is important to implement public health measures. Organizers and local authorities must promote initiatives to reduce contagion,” said the head of WHO-Europe , Hans Kluge.
Kluge stressed that it cannot be excluded that such sporting events function as “super contagion” events and recalled the importance of keeping your distance, washing your hands and wearing a mask where necessary.
“It is not only the matches themselves, but also other events related to the Eurocup,” highlighted the head of Emergencies of WHO-Europe, Catherine Smallwood.
Smallwood noted that the “main message” is that health systems must be ready to respond to sharp increases in contagion caused by the Euro, which includes increased testing, tracking and sequencing of tests, as well as isolation of those infected.
The WHO however recalled that the danger is not only the Eurocup, but also other events that bring many people together during the summer, such as music festivals.