Merkel Demands Caution at Euro 2020 Amid Delta Coronavirus Variant

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Berlin, Jun 18, 2021, SPA -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged great caution at the European Football Championship in view of the
aggressive delta variant of the coronavirus, dpa reported.
"It's nice that now in Munich, for example, 14,000 fans can be there again. But when I see completely full stadiums in other European countries, I am a bit sceptical whether this is the right response to the current situation," she said on Friday before a joint dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin. Macron is the chancellor's first foreign guest in Berlin this year after the coronavirus pandemic subsided in Germany.
Macron said he assumed that Euro organizers were being vigilant. "We are of course in contact with them to make sure the conditions are the best possible," he said. "As far as our teams are concerned, the arrangements are in place. The question that will arise for the final is that of the fans." There is speculation UEFA could move the semi-finals and final from London because of the delta variant in Britain and relevant travel rules. European football's governing body says it is confident an agreement can be reached.
--SPA
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