The controversial Liverpool match against Atletico Madrid back in March led to 41 coronavirus related deaths according to report.
The Champions League fixture came at a time when various top leagues across Europe were getting suspended, with many surprised at it being allowed to play out.
This past weekend, a report published in the Sunday Times and cited by the Daily Star, reveals that Edge Health, who are a group which studies NHS data via data-modelling, believe that the game directly led to 41 additional deaths in local Merseyside hospitals in the month that followed the game.
Around that time, Cheltenham Festival went ahead and immediately were slammed for going ahead and risk spreading the virus. That contributed to 37 deaths.
3,000 Atletico fans made the trip over to Anfield, despite bars and restaurants already getting shut down in Spain, plus the country and its capital city being under various lockdown measures.
At the time of the match at Anfield, there were an estimated 640,000 Covid-19 infections in Spain compared to 100,000 in the United Kingdom.
Since then, it’s gone up to 235k in Spain (26,834 deaths) and 261,000 (36,914 deaths) in the UK.
On the day of the Liverpool-Atletico game itself, Deputy Medical Adviser Jenny Harries was featured in an interview with Boris Johnson where she said she felt such events would not have a big impact on transmission of the virus.
Liverpool Council’s Public Health Team is currently working on an investigation into the impact the match had on the city’s infection rates.
Fans reacted after the finding out the the Liverpool match led to 41 coronavirus related deaths…
Johnson was told the match should have been postponed but he was trying to encourage herd immunity, it cost 41 people their lives.
But he doesn’t care he’s only interested in Brexit and his millionaire cronies.
— Malc Aindow (@mainmarine) May 25, 2020
— Tron (@michellephythi1) May 25, 2020
What on actual earth. Liverpool-athletico supposedly caused 41 deaths. Disgraceful that the match was allowed to play?
— Max_CFC (@chelseaupdatez) May 24, 2020
Valid questions to be asked about Rangers v Leverkusen on 12 March too. Football across the British Isles was closed down less than 24hrs later.
— Banffshire Birds (@BanffshireB) May 26, 2020
And parents are supposed to trust this government with the safety of schools returning
— Humph (@atothebto) May 26, 2020