Ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, it is important that we make the occasion one to remember – for the right reasons!
In the previous weeks, increasing Covid-19 case rates across Hertfordshire and the East of England.
Latest data indicates that this recent rise has correlated with the start of the UEFA Euros 2020 football tournament and highlights that men have been more likely to pick up the virus in the county than women. Track and Trace information has also shown that there has been high transmission from within households and within groups socialising at football, where they have had fairly poor ventilation.
Hertfordshire’s Track and Trace team have found in their data evidence that infection rates are significantly lower for those who keep windows and doors open to improve ventilation.
As we see a significant rise in the number of people infected with Covid it’s important we keep playing our part. In Hertfordshire we now have 223 cases per 100,000 people, with a 69.4% increase in the last week – similar to the week before Christmas last year. The Delta variant being more transmissible than previous variants, and more likely to make people seriously ill.
There will be mixed emotions over the coming days and weeks, with England set to face Italy in the final this Sunday and the Government’s latest announcement on all remaining restrictions lifting from 19 July. Residents are reminded that if you are watching the football indoors please ensure you do so in well ventilated spaces. And for now, keep doing the things which help stop infection.
- Get vaccinated if you’re 18 or over.
- Give people space.
- Wear face coverings in crowded indoor areas.
- Get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms.
Let’s help ensure football comes home safely!