Costly finale fuels fears of COVID-19 outbreak as nations fight surge-Sports News, Firstpost

London will host 65,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the virus-delayed Euro 2020 Championship final, the largest crowd at a British football stadium since the pandemic began, as the home side face Italy.

Around 65,000 spectators are expected to flock to Wembley for the Euro 2020 final tonight. Image: AP

London: UK authorities warned of large gatherings ahead of Euro 2020 football final, fearing highly transmissible Delta coronavirusCostly finale fuels fears of COVID-19 outbreak as nations fight surge-Sports News, Firstpost variant that has fueled epidemics across the world.

Many countries have been forced to reimpose restrictions as they fight epidemics accelerated by the variant – which was first detected in India – while also trying to increase vaccinations to allow their economies to reopen.

London will host 65,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the virus-delayed Euro 2020 Championship final, the largest crowd at a British football stadium since the pandemic began, as the home side face Italy.

Authorities are particularly concerned about the risk of large gatherings in fan zones and pubs across England to witness the country’s first appearance in a football grand final in more than half a century.

“London still remains in a public health crisis,” Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said on Saturday, urging people to stay socially distanced.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that he intends to ease any remaining restrictions in England on July 19, but infection rates are rising again in Britain, driven by the Delta variant.

His government has argued that with more than 85% of adults having received at least one injection, the link between infections, hospitalizations and deaths has been severed.

But many scientists are deeply concerned about relaxing any remaining rules, including social distancing and the legal requirement to wear masks on public transport and in indoor spaces.

Health experts have expressed concern that Euro 2020 events are becoming super-diffusers throughout the tournament, especially in Britain and Russia due to the Delta variant.

Authorities in Denmark, Finland and Scotland have already reported infections among fans after attending Euro matches.

Elsewhere in Europe, after an “exponential” increase in cases, officials in Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia have said they have no choice but to reimpose restrictions.

The known COVID-19[female[feminineCostly finale fuels fears of COVID-19 outbreak as nations fight surge-Sports News, Firstpost The worldwide death toll topped four million, the fight complicated by the emergence of variants that accelerated epidemics even in countries that had successfully overcome the early stages of the pandemic.

Australia, where restrictions were recently reimposed in a number of cities, on Sunday announced its first death from the virus in the Sydney outbreak.

It came as authorities warned the situation in Sydney is set to worsen, with Australia’s largest city in its third week of lockdown and its population largely unvaccinated.

“Tomorrow and a few days after, it will be worse, much worse than what we have seen today,” said Gladys Berejiklian, Prime Minister of the State of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital.

South Korea, once presented as a model for COVID-19[female[feminineCostly finale fuels fears of COVID-19 outbreak as nations fight surge-Sports News, Firstpost response, was to tighten restrictions from Monday in and around the capital Seoul after new daily infections hit their highest level since the start of the pandemic.

The Asia-Pacific region has seen a dramatic increase in cases in a number of countries, with Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam imposing further restrictions as a result.

Economic impact

The rapid spread of the Delta variant in Asia, Africa and Latin America reveals critical vaccine supply shortages for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

These two factors also threaten the global economic recovery from the pandemic, G20 finance ministers warned on Saturday.

The less privileged regions of the world are expected to suffer the most from this economic blow.

That impact was in the center of the indigenous town of San Martin Jilotepeque in Guatemala, where shops were closed and streets deserted as some 90,000 residents were confined from Thursday to Sunday to curb the spread of the virus.

For city dwellers, the brief restrictions were not without cost.

“We have payments to make, rent and dependent children,” said Bartolome Chocoj, a resident.

“If we don’t die from COVID, we are going to starve. “

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