A Bad Bunny concert in Puerto Rico has greatly added to the island’s struggles with Covid-19 after a two day-event left 2,000 fans testing positive for the Omicron variant right before the holidays.

Held on Dec. 10 and 11, the two-day concert at Hiram Bithorn stadium located in the island’s capital of San Juan became a super spreader event according to local newspaper El Nuevo Dia. Puerto Rico’s Office of Epidemiology reported to the outlet that over 2,000 cases recently have come from people who said that they attended the Bad Bunny concert.

The massive outbreak was confirmed through contact tracing data of individuals who were at the concert or were in close proximity to someone who did, greatly exacerbating the island’s daily surge of infections.

According to Newsweek, Puerto Rico is now recording an average of 5,148 cases daily, though it was just 100 new cases daily two weeks prior. The new cases have also been confirmed as the Omicron variant, which accounted for over 92% of all the new cases in Puerto Rico.

Billboard reported that over 40,000 fans attended the “P FKN R” concert each day, where they heard songs from Bad Bunny’s impressive 2021 run of YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir, and El Último Tour del Mundo. The three-hour shows also incorporated a live band, dancers, and fireworks.

Many people commented online, however, that the concert was very disorganized and that some fans were fainting outside the venue as they waited hours just to be admitted into the stadium.

“Went to the bad bunny concert tonight and honestly I’m surprised it didn’t turn into Astroworld pt. 2,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “The disorganization resulted in masses of people cramming themselves into huge tents with no security and no ventilation.”

“People were having panic attacks left and right because it was hot and hard to breathe from the hundreds of people packed in there,” they continued. “I saw so many people give up their spot in line (which took HOURS to get) because they were scared for their life. one girl was carried out because she had fainted (but I saw some1 say 13 ppl fainted in line).”

Bad Bunny performing at the P FKN R concert in Puerto Rico in December that spread 2,000 cases of Covid-19
Bad Bunny performing at the P FKN R concert in Puerto Rico in December that spread 2,000 cases of Covid-19. Photo Credit: BACKGRID

Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, was originally scheduled to perform at the Astroworld Music Festival alongside Travis Scott before the rest of the concert was canceled.

Employees at the stadium were also handing out water bottles to concertgoers who had been waiting in line for hours while 34 nurses and medical professionals on-site helped those who were feeling ill.

“Before we begin the show, I want to tell you that you’re the best fans in the world,” Bad Bunny said when he started the show nearly three hours late. “Thank you for your patience, for your behavior, and for making this show happen.”

“Puerto Rico, there are so many people here,” he remarked another 45 minutes later. “Before I continue, please listen to me. I want all of us here to be aligned to have a good time so that tonight can be fun. I want that as Puerto Rican brothers and sisters that we are, if we see someone who needs help, please help them.”

“We all came to enjoy the show. We don’t want anything negative to happen,” Bad Bunny continued. “There are many people outside wishing for negative things to happen but bad things are not going to happen here because Puerto Rico has shown that we help each other out and that does not change. We’re here for a good time.”

Earlier this month, a Taylor Swift listening event planned by her fans left 100 people testing positive for the Omicron variant. The singer was not personally at the event, held at Sydney’s Metro Theatre in Australia, but health officials later advised all who went to isolate.