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Only 15 of 58,000 pilot event attendees test positive, reports Telegraph

by Martin Fullard

Only 15 of the 58,000 people which have attended pilot events have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

The Event Research Programme has seen several high-profile events take place over the last month, including the Good Business Festival conference at ACC Liverpool (pictured), Brit Awards, World Snooker Championship, several football matches, and a nightclub event.

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Both indoor and outdoor event settings were tested and no-one who attended had to wear face coverings or practice social distancing. The only requirement was the need for a Covid test both before and afterwards.

While accurate details of the 15 who tested positive has not been made available, the newspaper reported that some of those were tested before events, meaning they were not able to attend, with others testing positive afterwards.

The current roadmap in England allows events to now run indoors up to a maximum of 1,000 people (or 50% capacity), but masks and social distancing remain mandatory. However, from 21 June, a full lifting of restrictions is restricted, but it is not yet known whether or not some manner of Covid-status certification will be required. If mandated, it would require eventgoers to provide proof of a negative test, proof of vaccination, or proof of natural antibodies.

An announcement by Government could be made around the 14 June.

Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the data was pointing in the right direction with less than a month to go until the next stage in England’s roadmap.

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