Music lovers from Swansea Bay who attended Boardmasters music festival in Cornwall are being urged to get tested for Covid-19 if they feel ill.
At least 56 positive cases have been confirmed in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot linked to the 50,000-capacity event, which took place between August 11 and 15.
Swansea Bay University Health Board is now urging anyone who went to the festival to get a PCR test immediately if they develop symptoms. More than 1,700 new Covid cases were confirmed in Wales in the latest figures announced on Friday – go to get a full breakdown.
As well as the classic signs of a new cough, high temperature, and loss of taste and smell symptoms can include sneezing, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, and any symptom which is unusual for the individual.
Some music fans may also be planning to go to the upcoming Reading and Leeds festivals, and t is concern that some infected people could attend and pass the virus on further, according to the health board.
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Sion Lingard, Public Health Wales health protection consultant in Swansea Bay, said: “We are concerned that some people who attended the Boardmasters festival and are now feeling unwell may not realise they may be infected with Covid-19. It’s important they get tested and if the result is positive to self-isolate to protect others.
“We are also calling on people to be responsible and remember they must not go to any other event, including festivals, if they have tested positive for Covid-19 or have Covid-19 symptoms. The Delta variant is highly transmissible and even outdoor events like music festivals have tents and marquees which are often packed out.”
People who have not tested positive or have symptoms and who plan to travel to mass events are advised to take precautions when travelling. Those travelling by car or coach should wear face masks and keep windows open w possible to reduce the chance of transmission.
Festivals, sports events, and other mass gatherings are restarting across the UK following restrictions being eased but Public Health Wales is keen to reiterate that Covid has not gone away and that it is important that attendees take precautions to avoid the transmission of the virus.
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Incident director Dr Eleri Davies said: “As restrictions ease across the UK, and festivals and other mass gatherings start again, we’re aware that many people will want to attend and enjoy them after many months being unable to do so.
“As expected following the move to alert level zero case rates in Wales have risen and are currently over 200 cases per 100,000.
“While the vaccination programme has reduced the levels of hospitalisation and fatalities the virus is still circulating in our communities. T are several measures that people can take in order to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus.
“Firstly please take up your offer of a vaccination when you receive it as this is the best way of preventing serious illness, hospitalisation, and death.
“In addition if you have symptoms of Covid then please get a PCR test (by calling 119 or going to https://gov.wales/get-tested-coronavirus-covid-19) and self-isolate until you get the results. You should not attend a festival or other mass gathering event if you have symptoms.”
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Source: Wales Online