❑❑❑ Choir prac­tice in Spain in­fects 30:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

gath­er­ings Wed­nes­day as the numbers of virus cases and hos­pi­tal­iza­tions mount. (AP)

At least 30 of 41 mem­bers of a gospel choir in north­east­ern Spain have con­tracted coro­n­avirus fol­low­ing a re­hearsal in­doors with lit­tle air cir­cu­la­tion, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the cho­rus say.

The River Troupe Gospel, a vol­un­teer gospel group, re­hearsed on Sept 11 ahead of an open-air per­for­mance two days later for a lo­cal fes­ti­val in Sal­lent, a town in the prov­ince of Barcelona. It was their first public show since the be­gin­ning of the pan­demic.

Af­ter one mem­ber of the cho­rus tested pos­i­tive fol­low­ing the Sept. 13 per­for­mance, more than 40 other mem­bers and their close con­tacts went into iso­la­tion, the cho­rus said. Since then, at least 30 singers have tested pos­i­tive, the Sal­lent mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment said.

Al­though the cho­rus claims that it com­plied with most health safety mea­sures – tem­per­a­ture checks on ar­rival, hand wash­ing, so­cial dis­tanc­ing be­tween each mem­ber and masks on for most of the re­hearsal – the venue’s win­dows were closed to avoid moths and mosquitoes. The group said it had switched on air con­di­tion­ing to fight the heat.

It was not known if any rel­a­tives of the singers also be­came in­fected.

Ex­perts have ac­knowl­edged that in cer­tain cir­cum­stances, like dur­ing med­i­cal pro­ce­dures or when peo­ple are in close in­door spa­ces singing or shout­ing, COVID-19 can spread in the air. (AP)

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