Culture 27/04/2021

Pilot test in Palau Sant Jordi concludes "mass concerts are safe activities"

Only six positives have been identified among the attendees, four of whom did not get infected at the concert

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A moment of the concert of Love of Lesbion at the Palau Sant Jordi
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BarcelonaGood news for the live music sector. The results of the pilot test at the Love of Lesbian concert at the Palau Sant Jordi conclude that, if carried out with control measures such as those implemented in this event, mass concerts "are a safe activity". This was stated by Dr Josep Maria Llibre, one of the researchers at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital who led the experiment. A posteriori, we have diagnosed only six positive cases among the participants of the concerts, of which four were not infected at the concert," explained Llibre. This result is equivalent to a rate of 131 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and is a magnificent result"

The study conducted by researchers at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital compares the results of the pilot test with those of a similar population in the city of Barcelona, where most of the concert attendees were from, which was held whilst travel restrictions were in place. "The equivalent rate in this population would be 260 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Therefore, concert-goers were safer during the Love of Lesbian concert than anywhere else in Barcelona," said Dr. Llibre. "The Sant Jordi concert was certainly not a super transmission event, which is how large concerts are officially classified. But the 14-day incidence detected among the participants shows us that there is no evidence to suggest that the virus was transmitted at the concert".