Coronavirus cases soar after the Euro 2020 final in a ‘Wembley variant’ – ‘Crammed like sardines’
Football fans have reported a surge in the number of people in the crowd testing positive for what they’ve termed “the Wembley variant.”
60,000 people turned out to watch England face Italy at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. There were no social distance regulations in force, and wearing a face mask was not required.
In a government pilot to study the impact of large-scale events, ticket holders were needed to present a negative coronavirus test in order to attend the event.
“Pretty much every group I know of has at least one positive or isolating member,” one admirer, who is now self-isolating, told me.
“It appears that almost everyone was aware of it.”
Another fan claimed that everyone he had gone to the show with had caught the “Wembley version.”
One guy claimed to have taken a lateral flow test on Sunday that came out negative but was positive the next day.
“Goodness knows who caught it off me, jammed like sardines in Wembley Park after the game Sunday and the Tube itself and the trains,” he said in a social media post viewed by i.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has slammed the Euro 2020 final’s “devastating” lack of coronavirus protection.
The WHO’s coronavirus technical head, Maria Van Kerkhove, recalled “seeing transmission happen right in front of my eyes.”