Rage Partygoers Told To Get Tested And Quarantine
The Department of Health has identified The Rage 2020 matric events around the country as Covid-19 super spreader events. Matrics are now being urged to get tested.
The Rage 2020 matric events took place in Ballito, Plettenberg Bay, Johannesburg and Jeffrey's Bay in celebration of the matric 2020 year. However, attendees are now advised to observe 10 days of quarantine, get tested for Covid-19 and download and interact with the Covid-Alert App as some have tested positive for Covid-19.
Despite efforts to take safety precautions at the festivals, the Department of Health has identified the events as super spreaders of Covid-19.
In Ballito Dr Kams Govender said 20 patients had tested positive for the coronavirus in less than 48 hours. All of whom were teenagers or young adults aged 15 to 21 who had either attended, or had friends who had attended the Rage Festival in Ballito.
The Rage events which have taken place already are Rage Ballito from 27 November to 4 December and Jeffrey's Bay from 26 November to 6 December. The Johannesburg Rage will take place from 12 to 13 December while Plettenberg Bay Rage is scheduled for 29 January to 6 February 2021.
Dr Govender added that they awaited the results of another 40 to 50 tests which were still outstanding. He says that many of his colleagues at other practices have reported the same thing.
Nearly all who tested positive are said to be asymptomatic.
"Usually, youngsters have a robust immune system and recover very quickly with minor or no symptoms. However, this age group also tends to socialise in large groups and this will most certainly increase the spread of the virus during the festive period."
-Dr Kams Govender
A super spreader event is classified when a single person passes on the virus to more than eight people and large events such as the Rage Festival had the potential to do so.
Greg Walsh, the CEO of G&G Productions, which hosts the festival across the country denied that it was a super spreader event.
"It would be irresponsible to label the event a super-spreader when there are no statistics or precedent to call it that... We are working directly with the Department of Health and NICD and they should be the ones to make any findings," Walsh said.
He explained that the event was held because matrics would go down to the coast either way and that the event organisers had 20 years of experience and a reputation for hosting safe and controlled events.
Walsh says that a lot more health and safety measures were added to comply with Covid-19 regualtions, such as pre-screening, temperature checks, hand sanitising facilities, strict mask-wearing, cashless payments, limited venue capacity and PPE for staff. Despite this four staff members still tested positive for the virus.
The organisers have sent out alerts to all attendees and had supplied all contact tracing information to the Health Department.
"We urgently advise that any person who attended any Rage Festival event in KZN or any other event, bar, house gathering or other place during the same period attended by matrics, be considered high-risk and follow the NICD guidelines immediately (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic)," Walsh said.
Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize also encourages parents to set boundaries on the activities their children partake in because the youth are not only exposing themselves, but they are also putting the lives of their parents, grandparents and other loved ones living with comorbidities at risk.
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