More than 2,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 this month in connection with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny’s concerts.
And the positive cases were recorded after the artist, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, gave two shows in Puerto Rico on December 10 and 11, according to the local newspaper. The new day. The performances were held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the island’s capital, San Juan.
More than two weeks after the event, Puerto Rico’s epidemiology office recorded at least 2,005 cases of coronavirus from contact tracing data of individuals who attended the party or had contact with someone who was, new day reported on Friday.
The widespread outbreak comes as Puerto Rico sees a wave of new infections across the island, driven in large part by the highly contagious Omicron formula. Puerto Rico is now recording an average of 5,148 new daily cases, which is a 5,000 percent increase from the previous two weeks, when cases were just over 100 a day, according to the The New York Times.
according to new dayPreliminary lab results indicate that 92 percent of positive samples collected in Puerto Rico within the past week exhibit characteristics of the Omicron variant.
Omicron has swept the globe since it was first discovered in South Africa in early November. Now, the newest variant has been discovered in every US state, and it has overtaken the Delta to become the dominant breed in the country.
The US now reports an average of more than 200,000 cases per day, but some health care experts have warned that the number could soon reach 1 million as infections continue to rise. This week’s influx of new cases has led to thousands of flights being canceled over Christmas, while demand for testing has led to long queues and delayed turnover times.
Across Europe, many countries have moved to impose new restrictions on COVID-19 ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all decided to close nightclubs as cases surge, while Belgium has moved to close cinemas, concert halls and fireworks events.
Scientists are still working to uncover information about the Omicron variant, but early data suggests that it may lead to less serious disease than other strains, especially among those who have been vaccinated. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asserts that vaccination is the most effective way to combat the spread of the virus.
“Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe disease, hospitalization, and death from Amicron variant,” the CDC said on its website. “Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow its transmission, and reduce the potential for new variants to emerge.”