Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
1 May 2021
9:26 am

Lions tour: Thousands could die if we allowed fans back

Ken Borland

"But if the FNB Stadium has capacity of 90,000, that means 45,000 people and how do we ensure that does not become a super-spreader event?”

While some have proposed that stadiums be at 50% capacity for the Lions tour, it would mean FNB Stadium packing 45,000 fans in, which could easily be termed a super-spreader event for Covid-19. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

  Tens of thousands of people will probably die tragically of Covid in India over the next week, which should give all South African sports fans pause to think as we clamour for the return of spectators to stadiums. The daily death toll from the pandemic climbed to over 3,600 in India this week, with at least 300,000 positive tests per day. Having been to India three times, it is the country that most reminds me of our poorer communities, the places at the wrong end of the most unequal society in the world, and I cannot but imagine what...