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An analysis of data from the UK National Health Service (NHS) found that the rematch of the round of 16 of the Champions League between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield has led to “41 additional deaths” on COVID-19.
Jurgen Klopp’s alumni welcomed their Spanish rival on March 11 in front of 52,000 spectators. 3,000 of them were supporters of the visiting team. The match was the last big clash played in England before the imposition of restrictive measures against the infection, which led to the suspension of football in the country.
According to the Sunday Times, Edge Health, a group that analyzes NHS data, believes the Anfield meeting led to 41 deaths between 25 and 35 days later. Imperial College London and the University of Oxford estimated that Spain had about 640,000 registered cases of infection during the match. In Britain, the confirmed cases were 100,000, writes BGNES.
Many businesses, schools, restaurants and some matches have already been moved behind closed doors to Spain around the Champions League match. The British government defended its decision to allow major sporting events such as the Anfield rematch, although social distance measures were introduced 10 days later.
We remind you that the match Atalanta – Valencia, again from the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, was set as zero, but later report denied this information.