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“No sign of infection” after a 5,000-person test concert in Barcelona

"No sign of infection" after a 5,000-person test concert in Barcelona

Organizers said on Tuesday that there were no signs of infection in the distance with 5,000 masked dance spectators following a rock test concert on March 27 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Two weeks after the Love of Lesbian group performed the concert, the public health system reported that “there was no sign of any transmission on the show, which is the goal of this study,” Joseph Maria Lilibre told a press conference at the German Trios Eye Puzol Hospital in Badalon.

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Audiences, tested for antigen before the concert, wore FFP2 masks.

Fifteen days after the concert only six positive cases were found in the 5000 audience and the organizers confirm that “four of these six cases did not air during the concert”.

“By optimizing ventilation, antigen testing and wearing a mask, we can guarantee a safe place,” he said.

In addition to FFP2 tests and masks, reception capabilities are strictly controlled in critical areas such as ventilation as well as toilets.

Organized by Trios I Pujol Hospital with festivals, music promoters and Germans who wanted to show that concerts were possible despite the epidemic, this experience was one of the few that took place in Europe in current music.

Another test concert was held in early March in the Netherlands with 1300 people.

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“Once again, Barcelona and Barcelona culture must preserve cultural activities with all health guarantees under unprecedented conditions,” said Barcelona’s first deputy mayor, Jam Colboni.

“If it is possible to relax the restrictions and combine it with cultural activities, it should be restarted,” he said.

“The world has turned our attention to them, and many people are asking how we did it,” he explained to Angels Ponce, who is responsible for culture in the Catalan regional government.

Already in December, the same team of researchers conducted a pre-pilot project with 500 spectators in a hall in Barcelona. A few days later, no one was infected with the virus.