At least 130 COVID-19 cases allowed entrance to festival: over 1000 attendees infected

Per week earlier than the Dutch authorities tightened measures once more, 20,000 folks attended the techno competition Verknipt on July 3 and 4. Nonetheless, beats and good vibes weren’t the one issues going round — 1,100 folks returned dwelling with coronavirus.

The excessive an infection price on the competition sparked a so-called supply and speak to investigation by GGD Utrecht studies NU.nl.

Not speak of a ‘superspreader’

The investigation revealed that the dramatic outburst of the virus after the competition wasn’t on account of a ‘superspreader’ as first suspected. As an alternative, the GGD concluded that no less than 130 folks had been in all probability already contaminated earlier than attending Verknipt — and so they one way or the other bought in.

This outcome happened from analysis carried out amongst 400 of the contaminated attendees — of whom 34% had in all probability been contaminated earlier than attending Verknipt.

The query then stays: How may 130 folks attend a competition with entry testing — whereas being constructive for coronavirus?

Lax measures in charge

There are two solutions to this. Firstly, 90% of the folks investigated advised GGD Utrecht that they’d attended different festivals earlier than Verknipt and, most probably, that’s the place they contracted the virus.

Secondly, the competition web site used Testing for Entry. Not solely have there been issues with the early Testing for Entry system however, on the time of Verknipt, check outcomes had been allowed to be as much as 40 hours previous.

In consequence, there was a better probability that individuals may contract the virus between testing and attending the competition. (Shortly after the competition, this was diminished to 24 hours).

Individuals may additionally attend the competition with no check so long as they’d been vaccinated. Nonetheless, “absolutely vaccinated” on the time of Verknipt meant the second you’d acquired your second jab (or first with Jannsen) — no two week ready interval needed. This seemingly contributed to the variety of contaminated attendees.

Fortunately, the investigation by GGD Utrecht didn’t present any indicators of large-scale fraud with the QR codes generated within the CoronaCheck app.

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