LONDON: Solely 15 folks out of virtually 60,000 who attended 9 pilot occasions for mass gatherings have since examined optimistic for coronavirus, British well being officers stated Friday (Might 21).
The federal government allowed restricted crowds on the occasions – together with two FA Cup video games, the World Snooker Championship and the Brit Awards – over latest weeks to evaluate their influence on COVID-19 transmission.
The nation has since March been step by step easing its strict lockdown, with 22,000 soccer followers permitted inside Wembley Stadium final weekend for the FA Cup ultimate.
Officers at the moment are working to hint simply 15 folks to have examined optimistic following the 9 official take a look at occasions, with that stage of an infection in keeping with case numbers for the broader inhabitants.
“The goal of our world-leading occasions analysis programme is to look at the danger of COVID-19 transmission at massive occasions and discover how crowds will be welcomed again in larger numbers safely,” a authorities spokesman stated.
“The pilots have been designed in a scientifically managed solution to scale back the danger of transmission for attendees.
“We’re working intently with NHS Take a look at and Hint to make sure everybody will be traced following a optimistic take a look at,” the spokesman added, referring to Britain’s state-run Nationwide Well being Service.
The UK has been one of many hardest-hit nations in Europe by the pandemic, however has been in a position to ease lockdown measures partly due to a extremely profitable vaccination marketing campaign.
The federal government is hoping to elevate remaining restrictions on Jun 21, however doubts have emerged after quite a few spikes within the Indian variant of the virus throughout the nation.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is anticipated to make an announcement on the subsequent stage of the relaxations subsequent week.