One hundred Taylor Swift fans have tested positive for Covid-19 after a party in Sydney, Australia turned into a super spreader event. According to Australian officials, some of the positive cases were due to the Omicron variant.
The event took place at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Dec. 10 and was a party to celebrate the release of the Red album (Taylor’s Version). Taylor Swift was not personally at the event. Australian officials are asking anyone who was there to start self-isolating.
They released a statement on Thursday and said, “Anyone who attended the “On Repeat: Taylor Swift Red Party” at Metro Theatre (624 George Street, Sydney) from 9pm onwards on Friday 10 December is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 7 days.”
So far, officials were able to identify 600 people who attended the event because they checked in via a QR code. Any members of their households must also get tested and isolate even if they didn’t attend the event. Australian officials said everyone in the household must test negative for Covid-19 before the group is considered safe.
Officials are advising any Taylor Swift fans who didn’t check in with the QR code to immediately get tested and notify household members and those they were in close contact with.
According to NSW Health, anyone who tests positive, but fails to isolate will receive a fine for going against the government’s mandates. With the surge of Covid-19 cases, fines have increased.
“Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000),” said the Australian alert.
Australia has recently seen many cases of people who failed to isolate despite coming in contact or testing positive for Covid-19. A 20-year-old allegedly skipped isolation and went clubbing before testing positive for Covid. He was fined $10,000.
So far, it is unclear if any Taylor Swift fans have skipped isolation despite testing positive. Superficalparty, which produced the Taylor Swift event in Sydney, has not commented on the number of Covid cases that came out of their event. The company is still planning on hosting more events, the next one in Melbourne, Australia on New Year’s Eve.
The Taylor Swift event is not the only surge that has happened in Australia. The country has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases and is averaging around 1,000 new cases every day. That’s compared to the 200 cases a day they were averaging at the beginning of December.
On Thursday, the country saw over 3,000 new cases, according to John Hopkins University. About 185 of those cases contained the Omicron variant.
With the holidays coming up, the country is getting ready for more cases and officials released a statement to the public asking them to be careful. They said, “NSW Health is reminding everyone of the importance of maintaining COVID-safe practices as transmission is occurring at social events during the festive period,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement Thursday. “Everyone should remain vigilant when celebrating with family, friends and colleagues and should not attend any social functions if they have any symptoms.”
Despite the rise in cases and the possibility of super spreader events, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he will not be putting Australia into a lockdown. According to him, the country has entered a new phase of the pandemic.
He said, “Case numbers are no longer the metric … the real measure is what does it mean for serious illness, (intensive care), hospitalization, pressures on the hospital system.”