A Bad Bunny The concert that took place about three weeks ago by the native Puerto Rico singer was called a super-spreader event after it contributed to a huge surge in COVID-19 cases on the island.
the New York Times reports that Puerto Rico has faced a 4,600% (!) increase in cases in the past few weeks, even though about three-quarters of its population has received two doses of the vaccine. An estimated 2,000 people were reported ill after the Bad Bunny concert, which boasted a crowd of 60,000. While still there there is no agreed definition in a super-spreader event, the term is used to apply for everything from a few dozen transmissions to hundreds or thousands.
Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is celebrating one of the most successful vaccination efforts in the country. But while the Bad Bunny concert coincided with many holiday parties and many people’s travel plans, the number of cases per 100,000 residents jumped from three to 225 in just three weeks. Since the start of the pandemic, one-third of all coronavirus cases recorded on the island have occurred in the past month.
Even if early research shows that the Omicron variant is likely to be relatively less severe, the high level of infection is not good for hospitals in Puerto Rico, whose health care system is already straight. In response, an anticipated celebration commemorating San Juan’s 500th anniversary was canceled, and ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, ”which was intended to be broadcast from the island, was transformed into a virtual event.
Meanwhile, back on the mainland, various larger live music events – such as LCD Soundsystem anticipated Brooklyn residency and Phish’s New Year’s Eve run at Madison Square Garden – shortened or canceled.