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Covid: ‘No substantial outbreaks’ found in mass test event pilots

There were ‘no substantial outbreaks’ of coronavirus during the first phase of mass test events, the Government’s delayed Events Research Programme report has found.

Only 28 cases were detected among the 58,000 people who attended.

Of those, 11 were identified as ‘potentially infectious’ at an event while the other 17 were ‘potentially infected at or around the time of an event’.

All attendees were asked to provide a negative lateral flow test upon entry and to take a voluntary pre and post-event PCR test.

The events in phase one were: an evening at Circus nightclub in Liverpool, the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, three football matches at Wembley, the BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena, a pilot festival at Sefton Park, Liverpool, and a Reunion 5km run at Kempton Park, Surrey.

A range of measures to combat transmission of coronavirus were used at the events including staggered entry and exit times, ventilation, social distancing and face masks.

The report said: ‘The report acknowledges that these numbers reflect the rigorous testing regime in place for attendance at each event and relatively low levels of community prevalence of Covid-19 at the time of running the first phase of pilots.’

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