Jun 30, 2021 - Health

Massive COVID outbreak linked to Euro 2020 soccer matches

England supporters react to the news that Scotland have conceded a second goal to Croatia.
England supporters react to the news that Scotland have conceded a second goal to Croatia. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

A total of 1,991 COVID-19 cases in Scotland have been linked to fans attending Euro 2020 soccer matches, Public Health Scotland reported Wednesday.

By the numbers: Two-thirds of the reported cases were from people who reported traveling to London to watch the Scotland v England game on June 18.

  • 397 of the cases reported going to Wembley Stadium
  • There were only 38 reports of people who attended Scotland’s home game against Croatia while contagious, and 37 other reports from Scotland’s match against the Czech Republic at Hampden.
  • Of the 1,991 cases, 1,470 cases were in people between 20 and 39 years of age and most were men.
  • Infections in the country have surged in recent weeks, with more than 30,000 people testing positive since June 11.

What they're saying: Government minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan called on England fans to avoid travel to the upcoming match against Ukraine and "cheer on the team as loudly as you can" from home, per Sky News.

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