Only 15 people out of nearly 60,000 who attended nine pilot events for mass meetings have tested positive for coronavirus, British health officials said.
In recent weeks, the government has allowed a limited number of people to attend events – including two FA Cup games, the World Billiards Championship and the Brit Awards – to assess its impact on the transmission of COVID-19.
Since March, the country has been easing its strict blockade, with 22,000 football fans authorized at Wembley Stadium last weekend for the FA Cup final.
Officials are now working to locate just 15 people who have tested positive after the nine official testing events, with this level of infection in line with the number of cases for the wider population.
“The goal of our world-leading event research program is to examine the risk of COVID-19 transmission at large events and explore how crowds can be safely accommodated,” a government spokesman said.
“Pilots have been scientifically designed to reduce the risk of transmission to attendees.
“We are working closely with NHS Test and Trace to ensure that everyone can be tracked after a positive test,” the spokesperson added, referring to the British national health service.
The UK has been one of the countries most affected in Europe by the pandemic, but has been able to facilitate blockade measures in part thanks to a very successful vaccination campaign.
The government hopes to lift the remaining restrictions on June 21, but doubts have arisen after numerous rises in the Indian variant of the virus across the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement about the next stage of relaxations next week.
© 2021 AFP
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