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1,000 COVID cases have been linked to a festival in the Netherlands

Verknipt Festival had required attendees to provide a negative test or be fully vaccinated

  • Tope Olufemi
  • 20 July 2021
1,000 COVID cases have been linked to a festival in the Netherlands

A festival in the Netherlands has been blamed for a COVID outbreak in which 1,000 people have tested positive.

Utrecht saw Verknipt Festival, a 20,000 person event, take place at the beginning of the month. The festival was advertised as COVID secure, taking place outside and asking attendees to either be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test before being granted entry.

CNBC reported that a COVID outbreak has occurred as a result of the festival, with Utrecht’s regional health board confirming that this is the case.

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A spokesperson for the health board, Lennart van Trigt, has given further details on the situation.

“We cannot say that all these people were infected at the festival itself. It could also be possible that they’ve been infected while travelling to the festival or in the evening before going to the festival or having an after-party,” van Trigt said, according to Pitchfork.

For those attending the festival, a positive test within 40 hours of the festival taking place was necessary - van Trigt went on to say that this was “too long”.

“In 40 hours people can do a lot of things like visiting friends and going to bars and clubs,” He said. The window now stands at 24hrs.

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Apologies for lifting restrictions too early have been issued by the Dutch Prime Minister and Health Minister.

The news comes as England’s nightlife begins to reopen - with many venues throwing opening night events to celebrate the first time that clubs have been open since March 2020.

Tope Olufemi is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter

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