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Three Denmark fans infected with Delta coronavirus at match against Belgium

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Three Denmark fans were infected with the Delta coronavirus variant by attending the Euro 2020 match against Belgium, according to the Danish Agency for Patient Safety.

The agency also says there have been 29 cases of infection in connection with three European Championship matches on Danish soil.

The news comes just two days before Denmark are due to play Wales in a last-16 tie in Amsterdam – a game which Danish fans are able to attend but Welsh supporters are not.

Wales v Denmark – UEFA Nations League – Group B4 – Cardiff City Stadium

Wales are to due to play Denmark in the last 16 of Euro 2020 in Amsterdam on Saturday (Mike Egerton/PA)

The two nations are not on Holland’s safe country list but, for European Union and Schengen area residents, an exemption to the entry rules and the need to quarantine exists.

Denmark fans can avoid quarantine in Holland by spending less than 12 hours in the country.

The same exemption does not apply to Wales supporters following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

Anette Lykke Petri, director of the Danish Agency for Patient Safety, said three fans who attended the Denmark-Belgium game at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium on June 17 were infected independently of each other.

“The three infected people all independently point out that the place of infection has been the battle,” Petri told Danish station TV 2 News.

“So somewhere there must be one or more sources of infection, and therefore we would like to have screened everyone.”

Petri said the close contacts of the three infected individuals, as well as their close contacts, are in isolation and have been recommended to have a PCR test.

Supporters that saw the game in certain sections of the stadium have been invited to test but are not isolating.

Responding to the Danish Agency for Patient Safety’s comments, a UEFA spokesperson said: “The mitigation measures implemented in each of UEFA Euro 2020 host venues are closely following the regulations set-out by the competent local authorities who are the ones responsible for the health and safety measures of their inhabitants.

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Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour (left) returned a positive coronavirus test following the England game last week (Nick Potts/PA)

“UEFA has set-out a variety of guidance for their spectators, including a code of conduct that was requested to be agreed to by all ticket holders, before entering the stadium.

“The overall rates of positive results following the group stage of the Euro 2020 tournament are still marginally low and we are satisfied with the overall situation.”

Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour returned a positive test following their group game with England at Wembley last Friday.

In response to Gilmour’s infection, Euro 2020 chief medical officer Dr Zoran Bahtijarevic said: “I would say unlike a year ago when you could trace almost every case back to zero, today it’s extremely hard to trace where the infection happened – almost impossible.”