Netherlands / 07.17.2021 09:50:10
About a thousand people tested positive for coronavirus after attending the Veknitp music festival, which was held in early July in the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, as part of an experiment to return to normality after confinement by the pandemic of covid-19.
The local health authorities detailed that the festival was held on July 3 and 4, with an attendance of more than 20 thousand people in total and without the requirement to wear face masks or maintain a healthy distance, according to the media. NL Times.
They highlighted that of the total number of people who were on the first day, 448 tested positive for COVID in subsequent days, while of those who were on the second day, 516 were infected.
The NL Times publication indicated that the event organizers obtained permission to do the festival up to a day before it took place.
However, both the authorities and the organizers assured that the event was held in accordance with health measures, but it was not possible to verify whether the attendees had a recovery certificate, covid tests or if they had proof of vaccination.
“The entrance test was allowed to take 40 hours and young people currently have many contacts. The explanation may be there,” spokeswoman Lydia van der Meer told the station.
He also added that the source of the infections is difficult to determine, so he cannot say if everyone was infected at the festival.
One of the festival goers was the Mayor of Utrecht, Sharon Dijksma, who posted a photo on Twitter.
“It’s very exciting to see so many people together after such a long time. People who only got access with a QR code because even 1.5 meters no longer applies here,” he wrote.
Aanwezig bij festival #Verknipt om een kijkje te nemen voor èn achter de schermen. Bijzonder en ook best wel spannend om na zo’n lange tijd weer zoveel mensen dicht bijeen te zien. Mensen die alleen met een QR code toegang krijgen omdat hier zelfs de 1,5m niet meer geldt .. pic.twitter.com/uvQKkZtTB0
– Sharon Dijksma (@sharon_dijksma) July 3, 2021
After infections, the festival is considered the largest source of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands so far.