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Concerns about the health consequences of finalists

England’s semi-final win against the Danes (2-1 AP) on Wednesday sparked joyous scenes at the London Stadium, as if the health crisis was no longer present. The same images of fans, often embracing and shouting their joy without masks, can be repeated in “The Land of Football”, against Italy (9:00 p.m.), on Sunday, awaiting the title before 1966. Still working.

UK Trade Minister Quasi Quarteng said he was confident there “will not be a major explosion” in euro-related COVID cases. “But I can’t guarantee it at the moment. We’ll have to see what happens,” though he immediately got angry.

An optimism that experts don’t necessarily share. “It is not so much the ultimate problem”, notes epidemiologist Antoine Flehault, director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, “quite dense events” type carnivals or festivals, he told AFP, “of the clusters later identified. The purpose has never been there.”

“On the other hand, it is important not to think that these matches are just matches. People come in crowded transport, very unsafe, they are accommodated on site, they go to the bar, to party, to have a joyful conversation. to. Or conversely shed their tears. There will be a third half that will likely be a source of infection,” he warned.

A report released on Thursday by the Imperial College of London highlighted a much higher rise in Covid cases in London than in the rest of England and a much higher rise in men than women, a trend that may pertain to sports news. can.

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Professor Steven Riley, the report’s author, said: “If I had to speculate about the impact of the euro (…), I would first think of the possibility of people gathering indoors. The first consideration would not be immediately for stadiums or their surroundings, it would be more for the general view of the population, but we do not have results that highlight this particular point in this study”, he acknowledged.

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