Spain’s 4500 Person Test Event Shows Only 4 New COVID-19 Cases

Results from the country’s trial music concert are very positive for the reopening of the nightlife industry.

There was no social distancing, but safety measures such as face masks were mandatory at the concert held at the Palau Sant Jordi a few weeks ago, and all attendees had to present a negative covid test to be allowed entrance.

People attending were tested again afterwards to monitor what effect the event had on the spread of the virus, and if it had been responsible for no new outbreaks.

The official verdict from the governing officials that monitored the event was that it “had no impact on the transmission of COVID-19 among the attendees”.

According to their statement, of the more than 4500 attendees only six people tested positive for COVID-19 within the 14 days period after the concert. All of those infected only had mild or asymptomatic symptoms, and none required hospital admission, or are known to have transmitted the infection to others.

The report explained that: “In at least 4 of these 6 cases, the complete epidemiological survey conducted by the Foundation’s medical teams suggests that exposure to the source of the infection took place outside the concert.

After analysing the data in collaboration with the Epidemiological Vigil service of the Department of Salut de la Generalitat de Catalunya, the study managers have concluded that with the analysis of data as of April 14, 2021, the cases detected represent a cumulative 14-day incidence of 130.7 cases/100,000 inhabitants, while the cumulative incidence of the population of the city of Barcelona in the same age group and dates was 259.5 cases/100,000 inhabitants.”

“According to the researchers, the cumulative incidence in concert attendees within 14 days of the event does not suggest any impact on the transmission of COVID-19 during the concert. Thus, this data makes it possible to exclude that the Palau Sant Jordi concert has constituted a COVID-19 super transmission event, as until today such events had been catalogued in indoor venues and mass public assistance“.

The positivity of these results is not only good news for the live music scene in Spain, but also for the rest of the world, as they prove large scale events can safely go ahead with the appropriate health and safety measures implemented.

H/T: Clubbing Spain


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