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Football Linked To 2,000 Scottish Covid Cases

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    Nearly 2,000 Covid cases in Scotland have been linked to people watching Euro 2020 football matches.

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    Public Health Scotland said two thirds of the 1,991 cases were people who travelled to London for Scotland's game with England on 18 June.

    This included 397 fans who were inside Wembley for the match.

    A relatively small number of cases reported attending the Fanzone in Glasgow, or Scotland's two home matches at Hampden.

    Scotland was only allocated 2,600 tickets for the match at Wembley because of Covid restrictions.

    But tens of thousands of fans are believed to have travelled to London despite warnings not to do so unless they had a ticket.

    Many gathered together in large groups in central London ahead of the game, with those in Leicester Square being moved on by police shortly after half-time.

    Public Health Scotland said it had tagged positive Covid cases if they attended either a Euro 2020 organised event, such as a match at Hampden or Wembley Stadium or the Fanzone at Glasgow Green.

    People who tested positive after attending an informal gathering, such as a pub or a house party to watch a match, were also tagged.

    The report said that 1,294 of the 1,991 total cases had reported travelling to London, including 397 who were actually at the match.

    Only 55 of those who tested positive reported being at the Fanzone, while 38 had been at Scotland's match with Croatia at Hampden, and 37 at the team's opening fixture against the Czech Republic.

    About 90% of the cases were male, with three quarters of the total - 1,470 cases - being aged between 20 and 39.

    It is not known whether those who tested positive contracted the virus while they were watching a match, or elsewhere.

    More than 32,000 people in Scotland have tested positive for Covid since the Euro 2020 tournament started on 11 June.

    There has been a lot of talk about the mixing prompted by watching football being a cause of spread of the virus in Scotland.

    It is an easy target given the images of people together in stadiums and fanzone sites.

    But the problem with this data is it does not provide the answer to that.

    It is contact tracing data used to establish who should be asked to isolate because they may be a close contact of an infected person.

    It does not tell you where the individual caught the virus - just where they had been when they were infectious.

    So this tells us that 6% of positive cases during this period attended a match, Fanzone, someone's home or the pub to watch a game of football.

    It's quite likely that led to some transmission - although remember it is indoor settings such as having a drink in the pub or sharing public transport on the way to the game that is more risky than watching a match outdoors - but it's hardly an explanation for Scotland's big rise in cases.

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