A series of pop concerts are being held in the German city of Leipzig on Saturday, as part of research being carried out to see how mass events can be held with a minimum risk of infection. The costs are paid by the German government. The pop fans, around 4,000, are volunteers who have been given tracking devices, which will monitor their movements and proximity to other people. They will disinfect their hands with fluorescent sanitiser, which will help scientists track how surfaces become a source of infection. Everyone is wearing face-masks, has tested negative for Covid-19 and is younger than 50 years old, with no health conditions.
The experiment could provide valuable information about how to stage large cultural and sporting events safely. This happens when Germany is reporting highest number of new cases since end April, bringing the country’s total to over 232,000 . The reemergence of the virus in the country has been driven by social events and returning travelers from abroad. Hundreds of students and teacher are currently in quarantine, according to local paper Berliner Zeitung, including elementary schools, high schools and trade schools. Large gatherings however remain banned until at least the end of October. Merkel recently said she doesn’t plan to relax restrictions anytime soon given the spike in cases.