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Crypto fans went to a Bitcoin event in Miami and promptly got Covid

A banner with the logo of Bitcoin is seen during the crypto-currency conference Bitcoin 2021 Convention at the Mana Convention Center in Miami, Florida (AFP)

After more than a year of living under restrictions and quarantines to try and stop the spread of Covid 19, thousands of people decided to go to an event about Bitcoin.

Unsurprisingly, many attendees are now testing positive for the virus.

The Bitcoin 2021 conference was held in Miami from June 4-5 and welcomed 12,000 people through the doors.

Although the US has vaccinated a lot of people, there are still plenty who haven’t got the jab and some who don’t plan to.

The cryptocurrency conference was one of the first major live events to go ahead in the States and plenty of crowds thronged together with no masks or social distancing to be seen.

Hundreds of people waiting on a line to attend the Bitcoin 2021 Convention (Credits: EPA)
Face masks were clearly optional (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Now people are starting to get a little concerned.

Bitcoin podcaster Luke Martin tweeted he caught Covid-19 from the event, before hastily deleting the post.

Eric Wall, the CIO of Sweden-based Arcane Assets, tweeted that he also tested positive after attending. ‘I was not vaccinated,’ he tweeted, before taking his account private.

Others attendees also confirmed that the virus was likely spreading far and wide at the event.

People at the Bitcoin 2021 Convention (Credits: EPA)
Crypto fans just couldn’t stay away (EPA)

‘Vaccines have been freely available for months in the US, to the extent that anyone who wanted to be vaccinated could do so by the time of the event,’ organizer BTC Media said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg.

‘We provided all attendees with the current recommendations of the CDC and State of Florida and expressed to our audience that those who were high risk or hadn’t been vaccinated should consider waiting until next year.’

There was no mask mandate and no proof-of-vaccination requirement to attend.


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