England Euro 2020 posed a significant threat to the public. As England reached the Euro 2020 final, data showed 2,295 people in or around Wembley were likely to be infectious. With 3,404 people potentially acquiring infection at the July 11 match.
An analysis of the third and final stage of the research program, released on Friday, found that more than 85% of all the infections connected to the 49 days of various outdoor sport, music, and entertainment events came from the eight Euros games involved, and mainly the semi-final and final.
Wembley hosted eight matches during the tournament. More than 9,000 COVID-19 cases are due to the Euro 2020 games. However, the final between England and Italy saw a high number of active cases. The match, with a crowd of around 67,000 inside the stadium, was England’s first final in an international soccer tournament. This was since the country hosted and won the 1966 World Cup.
However, in the other events, the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone in July was with a capacity of a 350,000-strong crowd. The largest in Britain in more than 18 months, over three days, and had 585 cases. This was recorded by NHS Test and Trace. Of those cases, 343 were likely to have already been infectious around the time of the event. The rest are likely to have acquired an infection then.
The Wimbledon Championships, which hosted around 300,000 people in a two-week period, recorded 881 cases through the test and trace system. Due to this Culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said, “We’ve shown that we can reintroduce mass sports and cultural events safely but it is important that people remain cautious when mixing in very crowded settings.” He added, “So that we can keep the football season, theatres, and gigs safe with full crowds this winter, I urge sport, music, and culture fans to get the vaccine as this is the safest way we can get big events firing on all cylinders once more.”
Unfortunately, England couldn’t bring the trophy home, they brought COVID home instead.