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Over 50 COVID-19 Positive Recorded Cases in Berlin International Film Festival 2022

Just when you thought things were looking up and you could get back to normal, the COVID-19 reappears. In the first three days of the Berlin International Film Festival, 50 COVID-19 instances were reported.

In the initial three days of the Berlin International Film Festival, over 50 COVID-19 positive outcomes were obtained.

According to Deadline, a festival spokesman said, “Since the beginning of the festival, we have only detected eight cases of positive tests among the film teams. The Berlinale’s test buses, available for both accredited and audience, did approximately 2,700 tests and had only 54 positive tests.”

The spokesperson also said, “To stop possible chains of infections, we are evaluating every case and situation thoroughly, tracking all contacts and identifying possible risk situations. We are still in pandemic times, and obviously, positive tests are still a reality in our daily lives. It is good to hear that the figures for positive tests are really low. With 2 percent of positive tests, the figures are less than the average percentage of positive tests around Berlin.”

Whilst the 2% figure is comforting, the relatively high number of positive cases and the possibility for spread might worry some. Anybody who tests positive for the antigen should be quarantined for ten days, which can be lowered to 7 days if the antigen test is negative.

The highly infectious Omicron variety is currently at its peak in Germany. COVID safety measures, such as 50% cinema occupancy plus everyday testing, have been established by Berlin organizers.

Vaccinations are required for accredited visitors. The situation has resulted in fewer visitors to the festival, including fewer red carpets and a considerably calmer festival centre. Whilst many festival regulars are delighted to be back in contention at such a prestigious event; certain actors have chosen to stay absent on purpose.

Hanna Schygulla, who plays a supporting part in the fest opener ‘Peter Von Kant,’ informed Deadline that he is currently fine. The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 10 to February 20.

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