Texas sees a massive drop in active Covid-19 cases, but the impact from ACL Music Festival is yet to be felt


Texas has become one of the states with the lowest active coronavirus cases, but the impact from the ACL Music Festival is yet to be felt.

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The number of active Covid-19 in Texas dropped massively in the last two weeks, with hospital admission dipping a lot since late July.

Still, it is impossible to tell if the figure brings positive news given that the Austin City Limits Music Festival became a coronavirus super-spreader on its two-weekend terrain.

At least 100 000 thousand people (could be more) reportedly attended the event in the middle of the state's highly contagious Delta variant battle.

Footage shared all over social media showed people stacked in tightly clustered crowds, screaming songs at the top of their lungs, sweating and getting too drunk.

The event's media and press team claim to have followed every Covid-19 protocol from the policy they had in place, despite this not being true.

People took to social media to voice their concerns on how safety protocols were touted, and some attendees also confessed this on Tiktok.

A recent negative Covid-19 test was not required for every person who attended the event, including the vaccination card they claimed.

No matter how hard this event tried to implement ways to prevent it from becoming a super-spreader festival when humans are highly intoxicated, it is impossible to abide by the rules.

Because where the event was being held, weeks before the festival, the venue was rumored to be huge enough to enable people to social distance themselves properly.

What's the Covid-19 trajectory in Texas looking like after the Delta variant ravaged the state?

This summer, Texas experienced one of the deadliest Delta variant infections, more deadlier than Florida, which saw the Covid-19 death toll rise to almost 70 000.

Governor Greg Abbott faced a vast amount of criticism for doing the bare minimum in fighting the novel coronavirus.

Last week, Governor Abbott issued an executive order effectively banning Covid-19 vaccine mandates in Texas and instructed Legislature to pass the law immediately.

In his statement, Governor Abbott said:

While the vaccine is "our best defense against the virus," its application "should remain voluntary and never forced."

The governor was struck with a heavy blow with his executive order seeing as it did not have enough support in the Legislature.

One of the reasons this executive order failed in Legislature is that business groups heavily rallied against it.

Healthcare workers worked hard to ensure that the state gets to have Covid-19 cases under control, and for that, they should be applauded.

It is hard to say what the turnout will be in the next few weeks, whether the spike in infections will only be picked up in Austin, Texas first, or in other counties as well.

But given that a large majority of attendees at the ACL Music Festival were vaccinated, the impact might not be as bad as a lot of people assumed.

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