End of pandemic hopes as 5,000 music fans pack out gig with same-day Covid tests

Five thousand music fans attended a rock concert after passing a same-day screening test for Covid.

Spanish authorities gave the go ahead for social distancing rules to be ditched at the event in Barcelona.

People rammed into the Palau Sant Jordi arena where indie rock band Love of Lesbian were playing on Saturday.

Cheers erupted as Love of Lesbian lead singer Santi Balmes told the crowd: "Welcome to one of the most exciting concerts of our lives!"

Health chiefs gave special permission for the show in a pilot to see if the rapid testing system stops Covid outbreaks or not, Sky News reports.

Concertgoer Jose Parejo said: "We were able to evade reality for a while. We were inside our small concert bubble. And we were even able to remember back in time when things like this one were normal. Things that nowadays aren't that normal, sadly."

People rocked out close to one another but many kept their face masks on after the health checks delayed the start to the show.

Those who tested positive were unable to attend the concert but would be entitled to a refund.

Attendees received their antigen test results in 10 to 15 minutes via an app on their phones. The test and a mask were included in the ticket price of between £20 and £24.

Publicist Salvador, 29, said: "It was spectacular. We felt safe at all times. We were in the front row and it was something we'd missed a lot.

"We are very proud to have had the chance to take part in this. We hope it'll be the first of many."

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The pre-concert testing took place at three locations in Barcelona, carried out by 80 nurses wearing full personal protective equipment.

Dr Josep Maria Libre, a doctor who oversaw the testing, said three of 2,400 people already screened tested positive by midday, with one having come into contact with a positive case.

The experiment is set to last for three years and will be funded by money from the EU's recovery fund.

It has been devised in an effort to boost the Spanish economy and the country, which has had more than 3.2 million confirmed cases and over 75,000 deaths.

Local authorities in Barcelona backed the event, which was preceded by a smaller concert of 500 people in December.

According to experts, that preliminary case study showed that pre-screening with antigen tests and the use of face masks succeeded in preventing infections inside the venue, despite there being no social-distancing rules among attendees.

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