OREANDA-NEWS. The criticism of the UEFA position on holding Euro-2020 matches in the presence of a large number of fans and against the background of an increase in infected people is supported by new statistical data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO European Office, after a ten-day decline in the number of new infected people in Europe, there is an increase in indicators for the first time.

«The new trend is associated with an increase in the number of trips, meetings of a large number of people and the lifting of restrictions in European countries», said the head of the WHO European Office, Hans Kluge, at a press conference in Copenhagen.

Last week, the number of infections increased by 10%, he said. WHO expert Catherine Smallwood called on the countries hosting Euro-2020 to pay great attention to tracking infections at and outside stadiums.

«I consider the position of UEFA absolutely irresponsible», German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said at a press conference in Berlin. According to him, in this situation, an increase in the number of infected people is predetermined after the semi-finals and the final at Wembley Stadium, where 60 thousand fans are expected to be present.