A surge in COVID-19 infections has overwhelmed Puerto Rico, with cases ballooning by 4,600% last month.
Last month, Bad Bunny capped off a successful 2021 with his P FKN R concert in Puerto Rico. The show welcomed 80,000 attendees to Estadio Hiram Bithorn on December 10 and 11 for what was set to be a great show. The concert, which was produced by Noah Assad Presents and Move Concerts, required all attendees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an official Vacu-Id provided by CESCO Digital. A mandatory mask mandate was also put in place, and those who refused would be removed from the event and fined $100.
Despite all these measures, it appears that the P FKN R concert contributed to the current spike in COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico, which saw the number of positive cases balloon by 4,600% last month. According to The New York Times, at least 2,000 people — which accounts for 2.5% of the show’s attendees — tested positive after the show. Billboard notes that while people followed the mask rules at the concert’s entrance, many removed them once they arrived at their seats. They added that the show’s staff was not strict about enforcing the mask mandate inside of the venue.
Daily cases per 100K in Puerto Rico jumped from 3 to 225 in just 3 weeks and hospitalizations are starting to increase. Preliminary hospitalization data from the week ending Dec 17 show vaccines work against omicron and the importance of boosters. Updates: https://t.co/XjnyF0R5K8 pic.twitter.com/bUkIdpUDBQ
— Rafael Irizarry (@rafalab) December 29, 2021