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World Health Organization blasts Italian football fans over celebration - but says BLM protests were OK

5,000 strong football crowd 'reckless' and dangerous

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(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 18 - A World Health Organization (WHO) official has blasted the celebrations that took place on the streets of Naples after Napoli beat Juventus on Wednesday in the Italian Cup final.
    Big crowds of fans went out to celebrate with little regard for the respect of social distancing and other rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Dr Ranieri Guerra, the WHO's Assistant Director-General for Strategic Initiatives, said the fans' behaviour was "reckless".
    He also compared the celebrations to the Champions League match in Milan between Atalanta and Valencia in February, which is thought to have had a major role in spreading the virus in Italy early in the pandemic.
    "I wouldn't like that to happen again," said Dr Guerra. "Seeing those images hurts".
    League leader Matteo Salvini was critical too and singled out Campania Governor Vincenzo De Luca, who took a tough stance on implementing lockdown measures at the height of the coronavirus emergency.
    "I wonder where De Luca was," Salvini said.
    "I'm happy for (Napoli coach Rino) Gattuso and for Napoli but something did not work.
    "He broke my balls about my selfies but yesterday there were several thousands of fans (out)".
    Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris:played down the row.
    "Yesterday the winner was the contagion of happiness," he said.


Also according to the WHO - huge protests - not dangerous, important they go ahead

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization took time at its daily press conference to address another pressing issue: the wave of protests against police violence and racial injustice. The demonstrations began in the U.S. when George Floyd died on May 25 after a police officer had pressed a knee into his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while detaining him in Minneapolis.

The protests are now spreading around the world to Europe, Africa and other regions.

"WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds," said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on June 8.

The demonstrations have prompted fear that the close contact of thousands of marchers could lead to a spike in case counts — which hit a new high on Sunday, with 136,000 cases reported that day.

Modelers say it's difficult to assess how the protests will influence COVID-19 infections. Because COVID-19 generally has an incubation time of up to two weeks, public health officials think it will take a couple of weeks before they see the impact.

But it's clear that a key ingredient for transmission is present at many of these rallies: close contact. The images of protesters standing shoulder to shoulder — some wearing face masks, others not — raise concerns, especially in cities with higher rates of infection.

To that end, Tedros recommends that protesters follow the guidance of local health officials and take precautions to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus. "We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely," he said, "Clean your hands, cover your cough and wear a mask if you attend a protest." He also advised people to maintain a safe distance from others — and to stay home if they are sick.