Paris organizes a “test” concert in a hall in the context of an improvement in the Covid-19 situation

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A so-called “test concert” was held in Paris for French new wave band Indochina on Saturday evening as part of an experiment to see how far France can return to normal amid improving performance. coronavirus situation. Although participants had to wear a mask and justify a negative Covid-19 test, they did not have to socially distance themselves.

While the 5,000 people enjoyed the concert at the Bercy arena in Paris, 2,500 other volunteers stayed at home to serve as a control group to see if Covid-19 is spreading among spectators.

The event started at 5 p.m. in order to end before the 9 p.m. curfew in France to contain the spread of the virus.

“Fun and noisy atmosphere”

The experiment was open to people aged 18 to 49 with no underlying health risks.

A similar experience in Barcelona at the end of April showed “no signs” of higher levels of infection among concert attendees.

France reported 11,268 new Covid-19 infections on Friday – an increase of just 1.2% from the previous week; the lowest since the start of the epidemic.

After a slow start across the EU, the deployment of the vaccine in France has accelerated in recent months: 36.41% of the population had received at least one dose by May 27, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data website.

“We need a refined follow-up of all the participants”


(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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