Germany tests coronavirus spread at a concert

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Germany held a concert on Saturday to see how those attending would spread coronavirus. The study called Restart-19, was created “to investigate the conditions under which such events can be carried out despite the pandemic”, the researchers said.

Volunteers filled up a part of a Leipzig arena enabling scientists to collect data in a “real life” simulation of a pop concert with strict health and safety controls.

Some 4,000 volunteers aged between 18 and 50 took part in the experiment run by the University Hospital in Halle. Each volunteer took a coronavirus test ahead of time and tested negative. At the concert they had to wear protective masks.

The researchers then placed contact tracers on each volunteer to record their routes in the arena and track the path of the aerosols which they emitted as they mingled and talked. The researchers used fluorescent disinfectants were used to highlight which surfaces at the concert were touched most frequently.

The study included three gigs – the first aimed at stimulating the event before the pandemic, the second with greater hygiene and some social distancing, while the third was held with half the numbers and with each person standing 1.5m apart.

Singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko agreed to perform at all three successive gigs.

The results of the study are expected in four to six weeks.

More than 2,000 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in Germany. The total number of cases stands at 232,082, the Robert Koch Institute reported.

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