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Covid in Scotland: More than 500 cases linked to TRNSMT


More than 500 cases of Covid-19 have been linked to the TRNSMT music festival, new data shows.

Last month, approximately 50,000 people descended on Glasgow Green for the three-day event.

To gain entry, they had to show proof of a negative lateral flow test.

When contacted by contact tracers, 551 people who tested positive for the virus reported being at the festival around the time of their illness, according to Public Health Scotland.

A total of 1,645 people were discovered to be close contacts of those who tested positive.

Prof Linda Bauld, a public health expert, said that while some of these people were likely infected at TRNSMT, it was not a “super-spreader” event.

The figures were published in response to a freedom of information request from the Press Association news agency.

TRNSMT was one of the first mass events held in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

According to Public Health Scotland, the figures do not indicate that Covid-19 was contracted at the event; rather, those who spoke with Test and Protect reported being at TRNSMT around the time of their illness.

Following the event, which began on September 10, national clinical director Professor Jason Leitch stated that the festival was not to blame for an increase in cases.

Prof Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, stated that it was impossible to determine how people contracted the virus at the festival.

“I think it’s certainly possible that some of those cases were infected at TRNSMT,” she added, “but we can’t prove it.”

Decline in cases

Prof Bauld stated that there are always risks when large-scale events are held during periods of relatively high infection in the community.

At the time of TRNSMT, approximately one in every 60 people in Scotland had Covid.

She also added: “TRNSMT was not a fast-spreading event.

“It’s critical to note that in the weeks following the festival, we actually saw a decrease in cases in Scotland, rather than a surge related to that festival.

“However, it is clear that it is not without risk, which may be reflected in these figures.”

In the week following the festival, the Scottish government recorded 30,928 cases of Covid-19 as part of its daily tally, implying that the number of confirmed cases linked to TRNSMT was 1.7 percent of the total.

In Scotland, weekly Covid cases peaked at just under 44,900 in the week ending September 6 – just before TRNSMT. They have since dropped to just under 17,600 in the week ending October 3rd.

On Friday, the Scottish government recorded 2,627 cases and 16 deaths as a result of a positive test.

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