1,000 people contract Covid-19 after attending a coronavirus-free festival in Holland
- Over 1000 tested positive after attending Verknipt outdoor festival in Utrecht
- The July Festival was a two-day event attended by over 20,000 people.
- This is the first time that so many infections are associated with a single event.
- Health Commission spokesman said officials were happy with the plans
At least 1000 people have been infected COVID-19 after attending a coronavirus-free festival in Holland.
The Verknipt open-air festival in Utrecht was attended by over 20,000 people two days before this month.
This was a “test to enter” event that required all festival goers to provide a QR code confirming that they were vaccinated, recently infected, or tested negative for Covid.
At least 1,000 people have been infected with Covid-19 after attending the “coronavirus-free” Verknipt outdoor festival in Utrecht, Holland in early July (pictured, Chin Chin festival in Amsterdam)
This is the first time this number of infections has been linked to a single event: The Utrecht Health Commission (GGD) has reported 1,050 cases and the number is expected to rise.
“Not all of these people were infected at the festival itself,” said GGD spokesman Lennart van Trigt.
“They could have become infected during a trip to a festival, in the evening or after a party before going to a festival.
“So, all the cases are related to the festival, but I can’t say 100 percent that they were infected at the festival.”
He added that the number of cases is “astounding.”
Van Trigt blamed the surge on rules that allow attendees to take Covid tests 40 hours before the event, which means they still have time to catch the virus and get infected before the festival.
“I found this period too long,” he said.
‘I wish it was just 24 hours [period]… It would be much better as people can do many things in 40 hours, like visiting friends, going to bars and clubs. In 24 hours, people can do less and be safer. “
Van Trigt also complained that the authorities were “a little happy” on the eve of the event, allowing residents to receive vaccine passports right after the second injection, even though it took weeks to build up immunity.
Utrecht Mayor Sharon Dijksma has been criticized for attending the event, which ended masks and social distancing.
She later described the atmosphere of the festival on social media as “a little tense.”
Holland has seen a spike in incidence in recent weeks after the government lifted most restrictions on June 26 (pictured: Paradiso in Amsterdam opens to all visitors on June 26).
The Netherlands has seen a sharp rise in cases in recent weeks after the government lifted most of the restrictions on June 26.
Last Friday, the government re-imposed restrictions on bars, restaurants and nightclubs to stem the tide of infections among young people, just two weeks after most isolation measures were lifted as cases plummeted. read more
Most of the isolation measures were lifted on June 26, as the accelerated rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations has dramatically reduced infections.
Parliament was recalled from summer vacation for a special debate about a six-fold jump in the number of infections, which on Wednesday for the first time in six months exceeded 10,000 in 24 hours.
The government will reintroduce work-from-home rules due to the skyrocketing numbers of people infected with COVID-19. The recommendation to work from home is optional and only applies to those who can do so.
“We’re back to the old advice,” Rutte told lawmakers on Wednesday, news portal NU.nl.
The Dutch government canceled all multi-day festivals and crowded events as part of the restrictions imposed before August 14.
Holland has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks, forcing the government to re-impose some restrictions, including canceling festivals such as Live Again!
The Dutch government has canceled all multi-day festivals and crowded events within the restrictions imposed before August 14 (pictured: Workers dismantle the stage for Live Again! After it was canceled due to rising Covid cases)