CAN 2022 (January 9-February 6) must face many possibilities of positive cases of Covid-19. Here is what you need to know about the health protocol in place.
Since the start of the preparation, almost all the selections participating in the Africa Cup of Nations have been affected by at least one positive case of Covid-19. Evidence given the level of contagion of the Omicron variant on the planet.
However, the competition will go well and the CAF (African Football Confederation) had everything planned by imposing a very strict health protocol for the holding of this CAN 2022.
A million tests
For the 24 selections present, it will systematically require a negative test of less than 24 hours before playing. PCR type tests will be reserved for players and all officials, ball collectors, referees.
But that’s not all obviously, the supporters are also concerned. CAF and the Cameroonian government have indicated that they will have to be fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours (or a negative antigen test of less than 24 hours) to enter the stadiums. It will be the same for the “fan zones”. No ticket will be sold without a negative test. The tests will be free. The Public Health Emergency Operations Center estimates that at least one million tests should be performed.
It cannot be ruled out that even stricter measures will be put in place during the competition.
Regarding the gauges, as recently indicated, CAF has indicated that the maximum capacity will be 80% for Cameroon matches, while the others will be capped at 60%.