Barcelona threw a free live performance for 500 lockdown-weary residents Saturday — however they needed to move a speedy coronavirus take a look at to get in.
Barcelona’s Struggle AIDS and Infectious Illnesses Basis arrange the dwell music occasion as an experiment to weigh the efficacy of speedy checks used for big, cultural occasions.
Greater than 1,000 residents gathered on the Apolo Theatre, the place they got a COVID-19 antigen take a look at. About 500 of the volunteers whose checks got here again COVID-free had been randomly chosen as viewers members for the five-hour music pageant.
Those that had been despatched dwelling will kind a management group that may permit organizers to check the virus unfold amongst them with the group who was let into the live performance.
The aim of the experiment is to guage whether or not antigen checks — which produce outcomes inside quarter-hour however are mentioned to be much less efficient than PCR checks — can safely permit giant gatherings to occur as soon as once more.
“This isn’t a celebration, this can be a scientific examine,” Dr. Boris Revollo, the virologist who designed the examine’s protocols, informed The Related Press. “This could possibly be helpful in all kinds of occasions, from cultural occasions, to enterprise congresses, to sporting occasions. . . . And younger individuals, as we’ve seen, are holding their very own clandestine events as a result of they don’t have any different outlet.”
All attendees who had been let within the Apolo to listen to music from dwell bands and DJs had been required to put on face masks — however social distancing was not enforced. Designated areas had been arrange for ingesting.
The volunteers underwent a extra thorough PCR take a look at simply earlier than the live performance and can achieve this once more in eight days.
The take a look at comes as Spain, which has recorded greater than 47,600 deaths, remains to be beneath a strict lockdown — which has decimated the once-thriving music scene. Volunteers of the antigen-test experiment cheered its momentary return.
“I actually, actually missed going to live shows, above all to listen to some rock ’n’ roll,” mentioned Carolina Rius, 56. “I don’t really feel like a guinea pig. I really feel like I’m taking a stand. The world of tradition, and above all of the live performance halls, are having a really dangerous time of it and I don’t need them to close for good.”