ROCK ON!: ‘No sign’ of infections after Spain’s Covid concert trial

ROCK ON!: 'No sign' of infections after Spain's Covid concert trial
Participants wore FPP2 surgical masks at the concert but there was no assigned seating or mandatory social distancing.Photos: Lluis Gené/AFP
There has been "no sign" of Covid infections among 5,000 unvaccinated people who took part in an indoor concert last month in Barcelona, a trial assessing pandemic-safe ways to celebrate mass events.

The participants underwent PCR tests two weeks after the March 27th event and “there is no sign that suggests transmission took place during the event,” Josep Maria Llibre, a specialist in infectious diseases from the Germans Trias i Pujol hospital told a news conference.

Organised by the hospital and a group of Spanish music promoters, the concert in the Palau de Sant Jordi was billed as Europe’s biggest indoor rock concert since the start of the pandemic.

It featured one of Spain’s most popular bands, indie rockers Love of Lesbian.

Participants wore FPP2 surgical masks at the concert but there was no assigned seating or mandatory social distancing.

Ahead of the gig everyone underwent mass screening and antigen tests. They were tested again 15 days later and only six people were found to have Covid-19.

Health workers carry out antigen tests on concertgoers before the gig.

“We are certain that in four of these six cases, transmission did not take place during the concert,” Llibre said.

“With optimised ventilation, antigen tests and the wearing of face masks, we can guarantee a safe space.”

Boris Revollo, the virologist involved in the design of the health protocols at the concert, said he could not “categorically” rule out that the other two people were infected during the concert but there was a “very high probability” that they had not.

“The measures which we implemented were very safe,” he added.

The deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, said the results of the study show “it is possible to relax” virus health restrictions and “restart cultural activities”.

Another similar test concert was held in Amsterdam in March involving 1,300.


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