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COVID-19: Nearly 2,000 cases linked to Scotland fans watching Euro 2020 games

Written by on 30 June 2021

Nearly 2,000 COVID cases in Scotland have been linked to football fans watching Euro 2020 fixtures.

Of the 1,991 cases registered by Public Health Scotland (PHS), two-thirds said they had travelled to London to watch England v Scotland on 18 June.

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A total of 397 of these were fans at the game at Wembley Stadium.

A PHS report said 55 cases were linked to a fanzone in Glasgow, while 38 and 37 respectively were linked to Scotland v Croatia and Scotland v Czech Republic at Hampden Park.

The report states that it is working to ensure “all public health actions are taken in the close contacts of these Euro 2020 cases”.

Cases were tagged if they attended either a Euro 2020 organised event, such as a match at Hampden or Wembley or the fanzone at Glasgow Green, or an informal gathering such as a pub or a house party to watch a match.

The figures show nearly three-quarters – or 1,470 cases – with a Euro 2020 tag are people aged 20 to 39, and nine in 10 are men.

Attendance at hospitality venues was the most frequently reported tag, representing 34% of all tags.

Following the game in London, which ended 0-0, Scotland’s Billy Gilmour had to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.

England’s Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount also had to isolate after coming into close contact with Gilmour.

It comes amid calls for England fans to watch their side’s quarter-final clash with Ukraine on Saturday safely – and not attempt to travel to the match in Rome.

Speaking to Sky News, government minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan called on England fans to “watch from home and to cheer on the team as loudly as you can”.

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