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Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Scotland linked to people who gathered to watch soccer

Nearly 2,000 people who reside in Scotland examined constructive for COVID-19 after gathering to watch soccer, or soccer, this month. Many of the cases are people who traveled exterior of the nation to watch video games. 

Public Health Scotland mentioned it analyzed COVID-19 take a look at outcomes between June 11 and 28, the beginning of Euro 2020, the European soccer championship. They contact traced cases and tagged people who both attended a match in London or went to a pub or home to watch a match. 

Nearly 1,470 cases have been people between 20 and 39 years outdated and 90% of the cases have been males, in accordance to a Public Health Scotland report.

Nearly two-thirds of cases, or 1,294 people, reported touring to London for a EURO 2020 associated occasion. That consists of 397 people who attended a June 18 Scotland versus England match. 

Tens of hundreds of Scotland followers are believed to have traveled to London for that match – regardless that Scotland was solely allotted 2,600 tickets due to COVID-19 restrictions, BBC News reports.

Fans have been warned to solely journey to London if they’d a ticket, however many gathered across the metropolis to watch the match. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon denied accusations the federal government was lenient on soccer followers whereas Scotland was in the Euro 2020 event.

Scotland followers are seen in London’s Leicester Square earlier than the Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland.

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“We haven’t taken a softly, softly approach,” she mentioned throughout a press convention on Tuesday, in accordance to BBC News. “We were very explicit in saying to fans who didn’t have a ticket for Wembley not to travel.”

“We can’t physically stop every person traveling and significant numbers of people did travel,” she mentioned.

When crowds of followers gathered in London’s Leicester Square, police started shifting them out after halftime, BBC News reviews.

Michael MacLean informed BBC Radio Scotland’s “Drivetime” he was there. “It was an amazing experience, but I am quite gutted I got COVID because that has affected me, affected my work, it has affected my friends,” he mentioned. 

While contact tracing can not inform if a fan caught COVID-19 whereas gathering to watch a sport, it may be used decide who ought to now isolate to stop additional unfold of the virus.

Of the 32,539 cases in Scotland reported between June 11 and 28, 6% of the cases the place people who gathered to watch a sport of soccer – whether or not at a stadium or elsewhere.