July 29, 2021

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Now the numbers are clear: – Eurovision wanted to keep the epidemic a secret

At first they wanted to keep this a secret, but now the number of viewers affected by corona disease during Eurovision is clear. Following Eurovision in the Netherlands this year, 28 out of 29,875 people were diagnosed with corona infection. Aftonbladet writes.

This year’s Eurovision was held from 18 to 22 May at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. During this year’s finals, there were 3,500 spectators in the hall, with the Italian Meneskin «GT e Pooney winning the song.

Many visitors may have been shocked to see the Eurovision Hall crowded during an epidemic. What many did not know was that the audience was part of someone Research project of fieldlab events.

Kept the numbers secret

The Dutch television channel RDL points out the release of Rigmond infection statistics Not part of the research work. The channel said the infection figures were released following pressure on social media after trying to keep it secret.

Full Hall: During this year's Eurovision Final, 3,500 people had the opportunity to watch the show live at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.  Five of these should now have been diagnosed with the infection.  Photo: NDP
Full Sale: During this year’s Eurovision final, 3,500 people had the opportunity to watch the show live at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. Five of these should now have been diagnosed with the infection. Photo: NDP
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According to RDL Rigmond, the reason for not releasing the figures until a month before the Eurovision final was the willingness of local and Dutch infection control officials to carry out infection monitoring.

As part of the program, 3,500 people were allowed in the audience during each broadcast and rehearsal. Everyone in the audience had to mention the negative coronet which was not more than 24 hours to get permission in the arena. Visitors were asked to re-test five days after the event. During this year’s Eurovision, 29,875 people visited the hall at nine shows, where FieldLab’s figures now show that 48 of them are shown by Govit-19.

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Incomplete picture

Field Lab statistics only apply to the general public and do not include epidemics among those currently in production, accredited journalists, artists or representatives of the country. According to RDL Rigmund, this information will be published directly by Eurovision organizer EPU in June.

Played on the record: Daci Frayer (28) and Gagnamagnik were singled out in the semifinals and finals of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.  The recording of the band’s rehearsal from May 13 was used in their place.  Photo: NDP
Played on the record: Daci Frayer (28) and Gagnamagnik were singled out in the semifinals and finals of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The recording of the band’s rehearsal from May 13 was used in their place. Photo: NDP
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During this year’s ESC, many artists and representatives were identified and had to be isolated. Among them are Icelandic Daisy & Kagnamagnik who were not allowed to perform live in the semi-finals or finals this year due to isolation.

Dutch Duncan Lawrence, the winner of ESC 2019, was ready to perform during Saturday’s final, but Daclaudet writes that he was not given that opportunity after being shown as Kovita.

A member of the Norwegian delegation must have been diagnosed with the infection after the event.

– We confirm the detection of the infection in the Norwegian Eurovision delegation. One of the delegates received a positive test on the day of departure on May 23 and was kept in solitary confinement in the Netherlands. Eric Sandberg, editor-in-chief of NRK Underholding, told Ingstad “Good Evening Norway” that the head of the delegation was in Rotterdam to take care of the person in question.

Low infectious pressure

According to documents from Fieldlab events, this represents less infection than any other Netherlands in the same period at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.

These results give an average of five infections per performance and 1.6 infections per thousand. Currently, the infection rate is 4.9 per thousand people in the Netherlands, according to FieldLab.

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In a press release, Fieldlab writes it GGD figures, Netherlands’ response to FHI, Shows the contagion when 13 more spectators sat in the hall during this year’s Eurovision song contest.