Greater than 4,000 Covid infections have been reported which are considered linked with the Boardmasters music competition in Cornwall earlier this month.
Well being officers are presently investigating some 4,700 instances following the occasion that came about in Newquay from 11 August by means of 15 August.
As many out-of-towners attended the competition, lots of the instances are unfold throughout the nation, however a council official confirmed that round 800 of them had been dwelling in Cornwall.
The music competition, which featured Sam Fender, Gorillaz and Jorja Smith, and Foals, amongst many others, had detailed its Covid-19 insurance policies on its web site: “Boardmasters Competition will ask all ticket holders aged 11 and over to exhibit their Covid-19 standing by way of the NHS Covid Cross upon arrival on the competition gates earlier than getting into.”
The competition stated it might require attendees to share proof of one of many following to realize entry: a unfavourable lateral movement take a look at, taken inside 24 hours of arrival; proof of full vaccination (with the second dose obtained not less than 14 days forward of the competition); or proof of pure immunity, following a constructive PCR take a look at taken not less than 10 however no more than 180 days in the past.
These with tenting tickets had been additionally required to carry a lateral movement take a look at with them, to tackle the third day of the competition. Campers had been required to log the outcomes of the take a look at within the NHS Covid app and present their unfavourable outcome to a competition official. Campers had been then issued new wristbands for re-entry to the sector.
Anybody who examined constructive on the competition was instructed to “instantly put a face masks on and wash / sanitise your palms” earlier than making preparations to maneuver offsite and journey residence.
Whereas the competition inspired the sporting of face masks, they weren’t in any other case obligatory.
Amongst those that examined constructive after attending the occasion was Coventry councillor Nathan Griffiths. Upon receiving his take a look at outcome, he tweeted: “Like many, I caught Covid at Boardmasters regardless of the mandated day 1 + 3 lat-flows. No complaints as I knew the dangers, nevertheless, means both lat-flows aren’t dependable for such occasions, or Covid-positive individuals faked unfavourable outcomes. Quite a bit to be taught right here for gov/occasion organisers.”
Professor Mike Wade, deputy regional director and NHS regional director of public well being for Public Well being England South West, stated: “We’re working with colleagues at Cornwall Council to observe what affect the Boardmasters Competition might have had on Covid case numbers, and we’re beginning to see instances reporting that they attended the occasion previous to growing signs or testing constructive.
“We are going to proceed to observe the info intently as now we have all through the pandemic.”
A spokesperson for Boardmasters stated: “Because the authorities allowed stay occasions to return, now we have labored intently with Cornwall Council’s public well being workforce, putting in danger administration measures above and past nationwide pointers.
“These included using the NHS Covid Cross as a situation of entry, which was launched in the course of the Authorities Occasions Analysis Programme earlier this yr and is being really useful as a best-practice at different giant occasions.
“The system detected greater than 450 individuals who would have in any other case been vulnerable to passing on the virus and in consequence didn’t attend our Watergate Bay website or left the competition early. We’re grateful to them and everybody else who instrument the additional steps this yr.
“No occasion is ready to eradicate danger completely and the most recent Take a look at & Hint knowledge contains reported infections among the many 76,000 individuals who visited the competition or associated actions at Fistral Seashore, in Newquay and the broader space in the course of the week of Boardmasters.
“We are going to proceed to work with our public well being companions to know the extent to which attendance on the competition has contributed to the figures.
“We stay up for sharing our expertise with our native authority companions and different giant occasions so we are able to all proceed to offer a lot wanted financial profit to our communities and leisure to our loyal audiences.”
The reviews of the spike in infections suspected to be linked to the competition comes as Cornwall has the second highest fee of latest Covid instances in England.
In keeping with an PA evaluation, as of 19 August, there have been 717.4 Covid infections per 100,000 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.