Thousands of England fans gathered at Wembley Stadium tonight to cheer on England. The decision of the British authorities to loosen the anti-Covid restrictions and to expand the number of fans admitted to the stands, however, risks turning into a maxi-spreading event. This was stated by the British Minister for Productive Activities Kwarteng interviewed by Lbc radio. Yesterday for Italy-Spain the number of admitted spectators had been increased to 60 thousand, against 20 thousand in Italy-Austria.
“If there are thousands of people in one place, the risk is there,” said the minister, saying that the British government “is managing the risks.” ” I am confident there will not be a major outbreak, but at present we cannot guarantee it, ” he added.
“The scenes we saw last night” during the celebrations for the victory of the national team at the European football championships “are something deadly” for the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. The virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco, a professor at the University of Milan, does not mince words with Adnkrons Salute to brand the behavior of the fans who took to the streets after the Azzurri’s victory in the semifinal against Spain as “dangerous”.
“It’s not nice – he says – because it really means letting your guard down and making life easier for this virus”. This is “an uncalculated risk”, Pregliasco warns. Recalling that, for similar facts, “it appears that in Copenhagen on the 16th and then on the 17th in St. Petersburg there were two outbreaks”.
In view of next Sunday’s final, therefore, “it would not be bad to be able to organize things as controlled as possible”, suggests Pregliasco, perhaps with squares with limited entrances and Green pass, “but I think it will be difficult. It is clear that then the processions and carousels in cars with horns are not avoidable, but – concludes the doctor bitterly – we hope not to go from horns to ambulance sirens “.
“It is clear that we will inevitably pay for something in terms of infections with some outbreak” said Massimo Andreoni, scientific director of the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Simit) and head of Infectious Diseases at the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in Rome. “Every time there are gatherings and an uncontrolled condition something emerges – he explains to Adnkronos Salute – At this moment in Italy there is not a great circulation and we hope that events and clusters linked to European matches will be modest”.
“Let’s celebrate Italy, but without revelry and with attention to closed places”, Francesco Vaia, director of the Inmi Spallanzani of Rome, told Adnkronos Salute, commenting on the gatherings in the square to celebrate the victory of the national team against Spain in the semifinal of London of the European Football Championships. “If authorized, for example Piazza del Popolo in Rome, only vaccinated and tamponed people can enter. If, on the other hand, they are spontaneous gatherings between strangers, it is better to protect yourself with a distance or a mask”.
“At least a dose of vaccine before the final of Italy” to the Eruopei of football. The virologist Francesco Menichetti, head of Infectious Diseases at the Pisa hospital suggests it to the young fans after yesterday’s celebrations in the squares for the victory of the national team. “The party after the victory of Italy is not a commendable excess, but neither to deserve hell – he ironically says to Adnkronos Salute – It’s the same thing that happened after the Inter Scudetto. Then – Menichetti recalls – we were a bit worried, but then luckily I don’t think there it was a big consequence. Let’s hope it goes well this time too. “
What if Italy wins the final next Sunday? “One more reason why young people get vaccinated – relaunches the virologist – As I have already explained, the term fan derives from the state of mental confusion that involves the patient with the typhoid infection, therefore it is unstoppable. And if the boys intend to give good proof of themselves as fans and clouding over again next Sunday – he reiterates – at least get a dose of vaccine “. However, concludes Menichetti, “I am much less worried about this, which is a not very serious youthful intemperance, compared to a systematic opposition to the vaccine by many over sixty years old”.
“We have seen worse gatherings than last night for Italy’s victory” at the European Championships. Matteo Bassetti, head of infectious diseases at the San Martino hospital in Genoa, underlines this to Adnkronos Salute. “I remember Piazza Duomo in Milan for the celebrations of the Inter Scudetto, when the circulation of the” Sars-CoV-2 “virus was 10-15 times higher. Today it circulates much less in Italy, with less than 10 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants” . Therefore, “even if there are 100 thousand people in the square, less than 10 can be positive. It is a low figure. Of course, zero risk does not exist, but we must try to get out of the pandemic, as the British did by saying that we can live with the virus thanks to vaccines “.