Thu. May 19th, 2022

A total of 551 cases of Covid-19 have been linked to the TRNSMT music festival held in Glasgow last month, new data show.

The multi-day event at Glasgow Green saw up to 50,000 spectators flock to Scotland’s largest city for one of the first mass events in the country since the start of the pandemic.

Revelers were asked to bring evidence of a negative lateral flow test to gain access.

According to data from Public Health Scotland obtained following a request for freedom of movement from the PA news agency, 551 people who tested positive for the virus reported that they had been at the festival around the time of their illness when talking to contact tracers.

Revelers on this year’s TRNSMT

About 1,645 people also turned out to have been close contacts to those who tested positive.

According to Public Health Scotland, the figures do not mean that Covid-19 was contracted at the event, only that those who spoke to Test and Protect registered to have been on TRNSMT around the time of their illness.

After the event, National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch said the festival was not responsible for an increase in cases. In the week immediately following the festival, 30,928 cases of Covid-19 were recorded as part of the Scottish Government’s daily inventory, meaning the number of confirmed cases from TRNSMT was 1.7 per cent of the total.

However, it is not possible to narrow down when each case was notified.

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