Medical expert warns Germany Euro 2020 fans not to travel to England

Medical expert warns Germany Euro 2020 fans not to travel to England
Police next to Germany football fans on Wednesday in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christian Charisius
German football fans have been warned not to attempt to travel to Wembley for Tuesday's Euro 2020 last 16 tie against England by a senior official of the World Medical Association, because of the highly infectious Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.

Germany’s nail-biting 2-2 draw with Hungary put them into the knockout stages where they meet England at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and the Delta variant in the UK, anyone returning to Germany from Britain must undergo a two-week quarantine and German nationals have been warned it is not worth the risk.

“Even a vaccinated person who follows the social distancing rules and makes a pilgrimage to the stadium (Wembley) is taking a limited risk,” Frank Ulrich Montgomery, chairman of the World Medical Association, told Bavarian newspaper Passauer Neue Presse.

“Anyone who is unvaccinated is acting irresponsibly, given the Delta variant prevalent in the UK and its risk of infection.”

READ ALSO: Germany and Europe on thin ice amid rise of Delta variant, warns Merkel

Anyone attending Euro 2020 matches must follow strict entry requirements, which includes proving a negative test for Covid-19.

After a crowd of 25,000 for England’s group games, authorities have allowed 45,000 to attend the two last 16 matches at Wembley, equvalent to around 50 percent of capacity. That will rise to more than 60,000 for the semi-finals and final at the same stadium.

Reports suggest up to 2,500 people will be allowed to come from abroad for the matches – the government said discussions around this are ongoing. But critics argue the move could impact public health.

Currently arrivals to the UK from most countries – including Germany – must quarantine for 10 days – with an update on the UK’s travel list expected on Thursday.

“I consider this to be populism and I can only advise against travel to see the games,” added Montgomery.

“I don’t understand why Prime Minister Boris Johnson is allowing this.”


Member comments

Become a Member to leave a comment.Or login here.