French rock band Indochine plays Covid test concert in Paris –

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French rock band Indochine plays Covid test concert in Paris – fr


Paris (AFP)

Hungry for live music for a year, fans of the veteran French rock band Indochina had the chance on Saturday to see their idols in concert, all in the name of Covid-19 research.

About 5,000 spectators took part in the experimental event at the Bercy concert hall in Paris. 2,500 other volunteers who did not attend the concert will be used as a comparison group.

The test to assess the risk of transmission of Covid during events is eagerly awaited by the live music and entertainment industry devastated by Covid-19.

“We’ve been waiting for this kind of event to reopen for so long. So finding a concert, in addition to being Indochina, is really great, ”said Camille, 26, from the Paris region.

Before being admitted, spectators, all between the ages of 18 and 45 with no particular risk factors, handed over an envelope containing a saliva test taken earlier on Saturday.

Each person was also to have had a negative antigen test within the past three days.

Once inside, no social distancing was required but masks were mandatory.

# photo1 Due to the 9pm curfew still in effect in France, the concert took place earlier than usual with Indochine on stage at 6pm.

Similar trials have already taken place elsewhere in Europe and the Bercy concert had been postponed several times.

The results of the study on spectators, organized at the initiative of the AP-HP (Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris) and Prodiss, the national union for musical and variety shows, with the support of the government, are expected at the end of June.

Previous experimental events in Spain and Britain have shown no increased risk of transmission.

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