Officials say that a recently held Taylor Swift album listening party in Sydney, Australia is connected to a new COVID-19 outbreak.
According to a recent report shared by New South Wales Ministry of Health, a Taylor Swift album listening party held in Sydney Australia appears to be connected to 97 new cases of Covid-19. The health ministry has said that the new Covid cases are likely linked to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
The ministry has warned every one in attendance at the party tagged “On Repeat: Taylor Swift Red Party” on December 10 to get tested. A press release by the NSW Health‘s press reveals that “600 people who attended Metro Theatre at this time and checked in via the QR code” are being “urgently contacted, and directed (them, and the members of their households) to “immediately get tested and follow public health advice,”.
NSW also advices that “everyone should remain vigilant when celebrating with family, friends and colleagues”. People with Covid symptoms are also adviced to not attend any functions. USA Today reports that Covid-19 regulations in the country are quite strict. They include “penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements. Fines range from $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.”
USA Today further reports that data from reported Covid cases in Australia have reached 243,767 as at Friday. Also, over 40,887,760 residents are fully vaccinated. There have also been various reports of cases all over the world. However, the United States president, Joe Biden has stated that there isn’t a major surge in the country currently.
President Biden said on Thursday, December 16 in a white house briefing that the cases are increasing and will continue to do so. According to him, it will be a “winter of severe illness and death” for unvaccinated people, and their families. He continues saying that they will overwhelm hospitals.