The health authorities of Finland have detected 80 positives for Covid-19 among Finnish fans who were tested at the border upon their return from St. Petersburg, where the Nordic country played its last match of the European Championship against Belgium on Monday.
The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) warned that these data are preliminary and the real number of infections could increase, so it asked fans who traveled to Russia to avoid social contacts and take a second PCR test after 72 hours.
“The covid-19 pandemic in Russia has worsened very rapidly in June. The cumulative incidence in St. Petersburg it is 240, while in Finland it is 19, so the risk of infection in St. Petersburg is clearly higher than in Finland, “warned THL in a statement.
Last Tuesday, about 3,000 Finnish fans had to queue at the Russian border for more than three hours to take the PCR test, with temperatures of up to 30 degrees.
Finally, the health authorities allowed at least 800 fans to enter the country without taking the test due to the lack of means, so they fear that the number of infections imported from Russia will increase.
The Finnish team, already eliminated from the Eurocup, participated for the first time in history in the final phase of a major tournament, which sparked a real football “boom” in the Nordic country.
Even more so after their narrow win on their European debut against Denmark, which gave local fans hope of achieving the feat of reaching the round of 16, a goal they ultimately failed to achieve after losing to Russia and Belgium.
Even so, the “royal owls” did a good job, especially in defense, and achieved a creditable third place in group B, beating Russia in the table.
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