More than 100 people who attended a Taylor Swift-style party last Friday have tested positive for COVID-19.
Celebrating Swift’s “Red” album is a super-popular event, and even attendees who haven’t yet tested positive for the coronavirus are being asked to isolate.
Swift, 32, wasn’t really at the party — it was a gathering of fans to celebrate the re-release of her 2012 album. But it appears the virus has spread quickly to the 600 people who joined.
“Anyone who attended the “On Repeat: Taylor Swift Red Party” at the Sydney Metro Theater on “December 10 is close contact and should be tested and immediately isolated for 7 days,” warns a public health alert issued by New South Wales Health. There are at least 97 cases of COVID-19 in the party so far.The alert notes that “some of these cases are likely to have variable Omicron concern.”
Some of those who attended the relationship checked in via a QR code, making it easier for NSW Health to be able to contact them.
The alert concludes, “Penalties for non-compliance with isolation, testing, and quarantine requirements have been increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000) and $10,000 for businesses (from $5,000)”.
New South Wales police recently fined a 20-year-old man after he allegedly skipped self-isolation after coming into close contact with a positive case and went clubbing. The Guardian reported that he later tested positive.
The region is currently seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, with the seven-day average of 1,091 cases as of Thursday, a far cry from the average of 214 at the beginning of the month, NBC News reports based on Johns Hopkins University data.
The wave is so bad that health authorities are encouraging certain communities to stop socializing before Christmas. The government canceled at least one music festival for fear of it becoming a super-popular event.
In a statement about the Lunar Electric music festival, the group said, “NSW Health has deemed the continued spread of Covid-19 in the Newcastle area… to present a very high risk to the festival this weekend.”