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Euro 2020’s Younger Male Fans Fuel the Rise of Covid in Scotland | Scotland

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Younger men gathering to watch Euro 2020 matches have become a significant factor in the sharp rise in Covid cases in Scotland, with nearly 2,000 football-related cases emerging from Test and Data data. Protect, and two-thirds of those who reported that they had traveled to London to watch the Scotland-England game on June 18.

Public Health Scotland’s analysis released on Wednesday revealed that 1,991 people who later tested positive had attended one or more Euro 2020 events during their infection period, a time when “they may have unknowingly transmitted their infection to others.”

Nearly two-thirds of cases reported traveling to London for a Euro 2020 event, including 397 people who attended the Scotland vs England match at Wembley Stadium.

Scotland was allocated 2,600 tickets to Wembley Stadium due to Covid restrictions, but thousands more traveled to London despite warnings from the Scottish government and Mayor Sadiq Khan not to do so unless they had a safe place to watch. the match. There were strict entry requirements for Wembley matches, including having a negative Covid-19 test or a full vaccination test.

The report reads: “PHS is working with Test & Protect and the NHS boards of directors to ensure that all public health actions are taken in the close contacts of these Euro 2020 cases as part of the 32,539 cases that were reported to the System. of Test & Protect Case Management. during this time. “

Almost three-quarters of these cases were between the ages of 20 and 39, and nine out of 10 cases were men. Attendance at hospitality venues was the most frequently reported label, accounting for 34% of all labels. A relatively small number of cases reported having attended the Fanzone in Glasgow, or both of Scotland’s home games in Hampden.

Scotland recorded 3,887 cases on Wednesday, the highest in its history. In her briefing on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon was asked why rates have risen so steeply in Scotland in recent weeks, compared to the rest of the UK.

He noted that the Delta variant was first seeded in Glasgow, the country’s largest city, so it was able to spread more quickly than other parts of the UK, and also reminded viewers that Scotland has a lower population immunity. because fewer people had the virus before. waves, so there is a larger “susceptible population”.

Sturgeon also said that the latest figures showed that 80% of new cases were among those under 44 and only 2% among those over 65. But the latest data from the Scottish National Registries indicates that older people continue to be hit the hardest by the virus. Their weekly data release on Wednesday revealed that there were 17 deaths in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate during the past week, an increase of four from the previous week, but those deaths were all in the group of age over 65 years.

Sturgeon assured the Scots that the increase was not resulting in a proportional increase in people becoming seriously ill or in need of hospital treatment, and that he was hopeful his government could continue to lift restrictions first on July 19, bringing the entire country to level 0, and then on August 9 with the removal of all major coronavirus legal restrictions.

Asked about the high number of cases among Scottish fans who traveled to Wembley, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “Everyone who will be attending the final or semi-final, or indeed those who were watching at Wembley last night, were participating in a event investigation programs that required strict entry requirements, including negative tests or full vaccination. And that’s the approach we will use in the future, and obviously the results of those drivers are carefully monitored. “

Asked about the high number of cases among Scottish fans who traveled to Wembley, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “Everyone who will be attending the final or semi-final, or indeed those who were watching at Wembley last night, were participating in a event investigation programs that required strict entry requirements, including negative tests or full vaccination. And that’s the approach we will use in the future, and obviously the results of those drivers are carefully monitored. “

Asked about the high number of cases among Scottish fans who traveled to Wembley, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “Everyone who will be attending the final or semi-final, or indeed those who were watching at Wembley last night, were participating in a event investigation programs that required strict entry requirements, including negative tests or full vaccination. And that’s the approach we will use in the future, and obviously the results of those pilots are carefully monitored.

Asked about the high number of cases among Scottish fans who traveled to Wembley, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “Everyone who will be attending the final or semi-final, or indeed those who were watching at Wembley last night, were participating in a event investigation programs that required strict entry requirements, including negative tests or full vaccination. And that’s the approach we will use in the future, and obviously the results of those drivers are carefully monitored. “

The report also suggested that the increase in the number of cases has put pressure on the country’s contact tracing system, with a significant increase in the time elapsed between the registration of a Test and Protect case and the interview of the person who 50% of the people interviewed in 24 hours in the week ending June 20 tested positive, falling to 29% between June 21 and June 25.

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