David commented on the post, F1 says return of fans not linked to rise in positive Covid-19 cases

Formula has confirmed a total of 10 positive cases of Covid-19 were discovered over the past week, but insisted the rise is not due to the return of fans at last week’s Russian Grand Prix.

Despite a comparatively low number of 1,822 tests being carried out in the week to yesterday, due to there being no F1 race this weekend, 10 positive cases were identified. In the preceding week seven positive cases were identified among 3,256 tests.

According to F1, the 10 positive cases detected in the past week “were all ancillary personnel” not involved with race operations.

“Those cases and have been managed quickly and effectively without impacting the event,” said F1 in a statement. The presence of fans has not affected that situation as the public was not allowed to enter the F1 bubble as per our protocol in force.”

Around 30,000 fans were permitted to attend last weekend’s race at Sochi Autodrom.

F1 is not providing any specific details on individuals who have tested positive for the virus. Prior to the Russian Grand Prix F1 presenter Will Buxton confirmed he would not attend the event after he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Around 20,000 fans will be admitted to next week’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. The Autodromo do Algarve intends to admit around 45,000 at the following round and Imola plans to accommodate 13,000 at the race after that.

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