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Only 11 positive tests among the 13,000 participants in the “test nights”

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Two evenings in a nightclub were notably organized in Liverpool. – William Abenhaim/SIPA

The test events organized in Liverpool (United Kingdom) to study the spread of Covid-19 during large gatherings have not had any effect on the circulation of the virus. Matt Ashton, the city’s public health director quoted by the BBC, called the experiments “success, unmistakably.” They brought together a total of 13,000 people.

Those responsible for the study had organized a three-day festival from April 28, two nightclub parties on April 30 and May 1, and a concert in Sefton Park on May 2. Participants were not required to wear masks or to respect physical distancing. They had been recommended to be screened for Covid-19 on the day of the event in which they were taking part and then five days later.

Contaminated who knew each other

Eleven people tested positive after participating in the experiment. Nine had spent an evening in the nightclub and the other two had attended the concert. Matt Ashton, however, indicated that the individuals in question knew each other. “It is therefore also possible that these people were contaminated after the experiments in real conditions,” he said.

Depending on the events, only 25 to 43% of participants have also communicated their results of PCR tests to the organizers, said one of them, professor of health policies. The coronavirus incidence rate is dropping in Liverpool. It reached 7.4 patients per 100,000 inhabitants the week of May 21, against 9.8 seven days earlier.

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