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Mass events like ‘risky’ football matches during pandemic, WHO says, warning ‘we are not out of the woods’
Mass events, including football matches, could be “risky” in terms of the spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization has warned.
These are English fans hours away from the team’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, with 60,000 fans set to create an electric atmosphere at Wembley as they aim for their first major final since 1966.
Margaret Harris, WHO spokesperson, told Sky News: “It’s risky. We haven’t come out of the woods at any time.
“We know there is a sharp increase in the number of cases, which means you are (more) likely to be exposed to someone who unknowingly carries the virus.
“Whether you are vaccinated or not, you can still get infected, you can still get a breakthrough infection.
“It’s hard when you’re having such a good time, but be serious about your own risk because it’s not just a risk for you – you can take it back to someone in your family who hasn’t. yet been vaccinated, who can develop serious illness.
“So we must always behave knowing that there is a large amount of virus, we have by no means overcome that.”
She added, “We are tribal creatures, we are herd animals, we love to be together, we love to do things together and that is part of releasing a lot of that tension, stress and stress. this anxiety.
“We at the WHO are not against mass gatherings at all, but we say that when you are in a mass gathering you have to take your risks seriously, you have to understand what they are and what they are. mitigate. “