Concerned Twickenham rugby match may have been an omicron superspreader event


More than 80,000 rugby fans who attended England v South Africa match at Twickenham last weekend are urged to come forward to test if they have symptoms of Covid in a bid to eradicate the new omicron variant before that it does not seize the British population.

The game used a strict Covid pass system, meaning spectators had to show evidence of double vaccination and a negative lateral flow test, but the new variant is considered highly contagious and may be able to escape. vaccines.

On Saturday, Munira Wilson, the region’s MP who is also the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesperson, said: “While I am confident that the RFU will have the necessary protocols in place to prevent any potential spread, this is a reminder that we must all remain vigilant in the fight against this virus.

“Ministers must take action”

“Those who had flown to the match and anyone in and around the stadium that day with concerns should follow the advice of the UK Health Safety Agency in showing up and making themselves test.

“More generally, the emergence of this new variant underlines the need to donate vaccines via the Covax program. Ministers must take action and recognize that no one is safe from Covid until we are all safe. “

On Saturday, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs, announced that two people with the variant had been identified in the UK – one in Chelmsford, Essex, the other in Nottingham.

There were no confirmed cases of the omicron variant in southwest London around Twickenham at the time of writing, but Covid cases have risen sharply in the region over the past week.

Cases for London as a whole are on the rise and this is due to a recent increase in cases in Richmond-on-Thames, the leafy London suburb next to Twickenham.

Cases have been climbing since early November, but have shifted significantly after last week’s rugby match.


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