Russian rapper Basta denies wrongdoing after footage of packed concert venue sparks Covid-19 fears (VIDEO)
Videos shared widely online appeared to show thousands of young people packed closely together, many not wearing face masks, at the Ice Palace venue in Russia’s second largest city for a performance by popular rapper Basta.
The event provoked a volley of criticism from social media users over the weekend criticizing the event, arguing that it represented a major risk for the spread of coronavirus, and was unfair at a time when venues like restaurants and museums are subject to restrictions.
To your attention the recent concert of Basta, held in St. Petersburg (Russia)No social distance, no security measures. The organizers and the authorities said that the event took place without violations, and "the video does not show everything clearly." pic.twitter.com/Q6DSHQIwvz— swainze (@swainze) November 29, 2020
At the time, however, the musician thanked the audience “for understanding and observing safety rules.” The city’s public order committee has since told local media that the event had been fully approved and checked by authorities, who determined that it complied with health regulations. They went on to claim that hand sanitizer had been available in the foyers, while masks had been distributed to those without them.
Russia’s coronavirus caseload hit a record high on Friday, with 27,543 positive tests for the virus recorded within the previous 24 hours. Close to 40,000 people have died since the start of the pandemic.
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