COVID-19 Rules Put Fans Off Attending AFCON Matches

15/01/2022 4:46:00 PM

COVID-19 Rules Put Fans Off Attending AFCON Matches

COVID-19 Rules Put Fans Off Attending AFCON Matches

Cameroon may be a football-mad country but most matches at the Africa Cup of Nations so far have been played out in front of largely empty stadiums, with fans preferring to gather elsewhere to enjoy the action. In Bafoussam in the West region, banners welcome visitors and Cameroonian flags adorn the streets where vendors … Continue reading COVID-19 Rules Put Fans Off Attending AFCON Matches

Nigeria supporters cheer during the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 football match against Egypt at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 11, 2022. Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFPIn Bafoussam in the West region, banners welcome visitors and Cameroonian flags adorn the streets where vendors sell vuvuzelas for fans to deafen passers-by — there is no doubt that the third-largest city in the country is proud to host AFCON games.

“If the stadiums are empty it is because of Covid,” says 26-year-old Cyrille Anicet as he sits with friends at a table near the city’s bus station.Brazil Begins Vaccinating Children Despite President’s ObjectionCAF also imposed restrictions on crowd numbers, with stadiums only allowed to be filled to 60 percent of capacity, rising to 80 percent for matches involving the hosts.

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Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP   Cameroon may be a football-mad country but most matches at the Africa Cup of Nations so far have been played out in front of largely empty stadiums, with fans preferring to gather elsewhere to enjoy the action. In Bafoussam in the West region, banners welcome visitors and Cameroonian flags adorn the streets where vendors sell vuvuzelas for fans to deafen passers-by — there is no doubt that the third-largest city in the country is proud to host AFCON games. ‘’Johnson said he did attend the gathering for 25 minutes before going inside to work. Every night, hundreds of fans mass with a beer in their hands in front of screens in bars to watch and talk about the matches. The new drugs are in addition to those earlier approved among other measures introduced to curb the virulence of the disease. Yet outside town, in the modern 20,000-capacity stadium built for the competition, the stands were almost completely empty for the first two matches played there on Monday, despite Liverpool star Sadio Mane and his Senegal side being among the teams in action.’’ An email, sent to as many as 100 people in Downing Street, invited them to “socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening. “If the stadiums are empty it is because of Covid,” says 26-year-old Cyrille Anicet as he sits with friends at a table near the city’s bus station. Anambra State ranked third on the log with 38 cases, and closely followed by the FCT and Gombe State with 32 and 31 cases respectively.

“I went to the stadium on Monday. ITV News revealed the email was sent on behalf of Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds. The new cases have raised Nigeria’s infection toll to 250,361, while the fatality toll still stands at 3,092. But like thousands of people I stayed outside because I didn’t have a vaccination card,” he tells AFP. READ ALSO Brazil Begins Vaccinating Children Despite President’s Objection The Confederation of African Football (CAF) imposed strict conditions to get into stadiums during the Cup of Nations, with anyone wishing to attend games needing to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative PCR or antigenic test. According to CNN, If a government minister breaches the ministerial code, it is expected that they should resign from their job. Yet the vast majority of Cameroonians appear to ignore mask-wearing recommendations and there is much resistance to the idea of being vaccinated — only six percent of the population aged over 18 has officially been inoculated. Breakdown The breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that Rivers State topped the infection chart with 119 cases, and is closely followed by Lagos State, the epicentre of the disease, with 106 cases. CAF also imposed restrictions on crowd numbers, with stadiums only allowed to be filled to 60 percent of capacity, rising to 80 percent for matches involving the hosts. A Member of Parliament (MP), Edward Davey, wrote on Twitter, “Boris Johnson lied to Parliament and the country, he has become a threat to the health of the nation and it’s time for him to resign..

They may as well not have bothered. Apart from the opening game last Sunday between Cameroon and Burkina Faso at Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium and the meeting of Nigeria and Egypt in northern city Garoua, crowds have been extremely sparse. Violation of own rules The party, which held in May 2020, violated the COVID-19 guidance put in place by the UK government that limited gathering to two people. Kano State came last on the log with a single case, while the NCDC noted that the duo of Plateau and Sokoto states reported that they recorded no cases on Friday. The attendance at the 50,000-seat Japoma Stadium in economic capital Douala for title-holders Algeria’s 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone looked to be barely in four figures. Even Cameroon’s second game, a 4-1 hammering of Ethiopia on Thursday, was played out before a largely empty stadium. But as with the law, the detailed guideline always allowed for people to work even when there were more than two people in such a workplace. “I don’t understand why a negative test is not enough to get into the stadium,” complains Cyrille in Bafoussam, as he insists he will watch upcoming matches on television with his friends. The global body said the baricitinib is part of a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors that suppress the overstimulation of the immune system.

– Expensive tickets – Yet the Covid protocol does not explain everything.” The “working safely during coronavirus” guidelines also said only “absolutely necessary participants should attend meetings and should maintain 2m separation throughout”. “The problem is not just the issue of vaccination, it is also the price of tickets which cost more than a day’s work for me,” complains Arsene Noubit, a 50-year-old haulier, over the sound of horns and loud music coming out of nearby shops. The cheapest tickets cost 3,000 CFA francs ($5.” There is nothing in the guidelines that would suggest that drinking, socialising or other types of work events along these lines would have been allowed. It added that the second drug, sotrovimab, has been conditionally recommended for treating mild or moderate COVID-19 in patients who are at the high risk of hospitalisation.22) in a country where almost 40 percent of people live below the poverty line and a third of the population survives on barely $2 a day, according to the World Bank. The images of empty stadiums are not going down well in Cameroon. For people who broke these rules, the police in England could fine them £100 for the first offence which could then double for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

At the start of this week the country’s communications minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, called for “everyone to mobilise to fill the stadiums for the rest of the competition in every venue.” While the two newly recommended drugs, baricitinib and sotrovimab, have been invited for WHO Prequalification, the WHO also kicked against the use of two drugs: ruxolitinib and tofacitinib for severe and critical COVID-19, “The panel of experts developing the guidelines also looked at two other drugs for severe and critical COVID-19: ruxolitinib and tofacitinib.” Bafoussam’s mayor, Roger Tafam, provided free shuttle buses to ferry spectators 20 kilometres from the centre of the city to the stadium for Friday’s games, as Senegal played Guinea before Malawi took on Zimbabwe. However, some lawyers have noted that Downing Street is not a public place. “The transport costs 500 CFA francs ($0.87) each way, so providing free transport should help,” he insists.. “Many of the elite are also buying tickets to give to people who wish to come to the stadium.

I personally bought tickets to give to my staff,” he adds. The governor of the West region, Augustine Awa Fonka, also called for people to be given the day off work to attend Friday’s matches. And yet that will change nothing for Roland Ndi, a 36-year-old mechanic. “As long as we are obliged to be vaccinated the stadiums will be empty,” he claims. More on AFCON 2021 .