Band Ben Rumsby
Last night, football fans attending matches at hotspots for the Indian variant of the coronavirus were warned to stay out of pubs and avoid using public transport.
Ahead of the long-awaited return of crowds to tomorrow’s sport, a leading public health expert has also questioned plans to allow large numbers of spectators to indoor events until the new variant is released. under control.
Professor Gabriel Scally, chair of the epidemiology and public health section of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Independent SAGE, told the Sunday Telegraph he was not opposed to the return of crowds of up to 10,000 at the time. of English football matches despite the rise of the UK variant feared to be 50 percent more transmissible than its Kent counterpart.
But, citing the increased risk of transmission indoors compared to outdoors, he warned fans going to games at Indian variant hotspots not to use public transportation and stay out of pubs. – who are allowed to serve a limited number of customers at the bar of tomorrow.
“People should avoid them,” he said. “Fans should avoid going to crowded spaces anywhere on their travels.”
Besides the return of crowds in the thousands at Premier League football matches and other major outdoor sports from tomorrow, up to 1,000 spectators will be allowed to watch indoor events such as tennis, snooker and more. the darts.
“Indoor venues will always be problematic,” said Professor Scally.
“If there is a variant that is much more contagious in the wild, that kind of changes the game.
“While places may have been deemed secure by Covid for earlier versions of the virus, a much more infectious version obviously changes that.”