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Research reveals no “detectable spread” of Covid-19 after Liverpool test events

New results from a research study have confirmed that the test events held in Liverpool to test Covid-19 transmission in large crowds did not lead to any detectable spread of the virus.

The city held two dance events that included acts like The Blessed Madonna and Fatboy Slim and a music festival with a headline performance from Blossoms and a business conference at the end of April and the beginning of May. Data shows that 11 people returned a positive test for coronavirus. However, less than half of attendees handed back a PCR test to labs after the event.

Liverpool public health director Matt Ashton has said the pilot events were “undoubtedly a success”. The initial data suggests that holding mass events without face masks and social distancing poses little risk to catching the virus as going to a shopping centre or restaurant.

Music lovers who attended were told they did not need to socially distance or wear face coverings. They were also encouraged to take both a PCR and a lateral flow test on the day of the event and five days later.

Five people were unable to attend the events after testing positive. Meanwhile, four attendees seemingly had the virus at the time of the event, and seven had the virus four to seven days after the performance. Out of those who returned positive tests, two had attended the Blossoms performance, and nine had attended the dance events.

Next month more information will be gathered by researchers following a three-day camping pilot event at Download Festival. 10,000 fans will attend Donington Park from June 18-20, and moshing has been permitted.

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