Nearly 300 people test positive for COVID-19 after COP26 climate summit

After the COP26 climate summit’s end last weekend, just under 300 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

There have been 291 confirmed cases among attendees, workers, and protesters outside of the venue. One estimate is that around four people out of every 1,000 tested positive for the virus.

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, claimed on Thursday that there was no spike in cases and the number that has been reported thus far was to be expected. “There is no sign so far of any significant spike in cases associated with Cop.”

Measures were taken at the summit to reduce the rate of the spread. “Rigorous measures were put in place to minimise the risks of Covid transmission,” Sturgeon said. “For example, anyone entering the main summit site – the Blue Zone – had to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test result.”

Speaking on the data released regarding the numbers, she said, “Information published earlier today by Public Health Scotland suggests that of the people officially affiliated with Cop26, approximately four in every 1,000 tested positive for Covid through routine lateral flow testing. All of this suggests that the mitigations put in place were effective.”

Public Health Scotland reported the findings, which were based on the number of people who had reported to Test and Protect they had tested positive after attending an event related to COP26, whether it was a workshop or a protest. They confirmed that it equated to about 4 per 1,000 people, a number lower than Scotland’s overall 12 per 1,000 rate.

PHS will continue its assessments and intake of data for more refined results. They have said that it’s possible that some of the people who tested negative but had been exposed to the virus had received a false-negative.




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