Positive Covid test strips found dumped outside Reading Festival site after being attended by 90K

Positive Covid tests have been found dumped outside the Reading Festival site after it was attended by 90,000 fans over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Photos show two-line lateral flow tests — indicating a positive result — strewn on the floor where attendees began packing to go home Monday.

Festival-goers had to be double vaccinated or able to take a negative lateral flow test upon entry, and were instructed to retake the test every 72 hours.

Many were young adults and so probably wouldn’t have received both shots, but it’s not yet known whether the positive tests were dumped by festival-goers or members of the public.

Some reports on social media claimed that people who attended the festival had recently tested positive for Covid, including others who said they had also seen positive test results on the ground at the Leeds festival site.

Experts fear that the tens of thousands of revelers who traveled to festivals such as Reading and Leeds this weekend will lead to an increase in infections in the coming weeks.

Other festivals have been linked to a huge increase in cases, including Boardmasters in Cornwall, which health chiefs say have caused nearly 5,000 infections.

Meanwhile, other scientists say England will see a ‘big’ spike in cases over the next two weeks after children are back in the classroom.

Photos show two-line lateral flow tests - indicating a positive result - strewn on the floor where attendees began packing to go home Monday

Photos show two-line lateral flow tests – indicating a positive result – strewn on the floor where attendees began packing to go home Monday

Festival-goers had to be doubly vaccinated or be able to take a negative lateral flow test on entry, and were then ordered to take a lateral flow test every 72 hours

Festival-goers had to be doubly vaccinated or be able to take a negative lateral flow test on entry, and were then ordered to take a lateral flow test every 72 hours

Festival-goers had to be doubly vaccinated or be able to take a negative lateral flow test on entry, and were then ordered to take a lateral flow test every 72 hours

Other festivals, including Boardmasters in Cornwall, have been linked to Covid spikes.  Nearly 5,000 cases were traced to this festival by public health authorities.  Above is a map showing infection rates in Cornwall for the week to August 14

Other festivals, including Boardmasters in Cornwall, have been linked to Covid spikes.  Nearly 5,000 cases were traced to this festival by public health authorities.  Above is a map showing infection rates in Cornwall for the week to August 14

Other festivals, including Boardmasters in Cornwall, have been linked to Covid spikes. Nearly 5,000 cases were traced to this festival by public health authorities. Above is a map showing infection rates in Cornwall for the week to August 14

Covid cases in Cornwall peaked after the Boardmasters festival took place between August 11 and 15, official data shows.  But now they have started to fall again

Covid cases in Cornwall peaked after the Boardmasters festival took place between August 11 and 15, official data shows.  But now they have started to fall again

Covid cases in Cornwall peaked after the Boardmasters festival took place between August 11 and 15, official data shows. But now they have started to fall again

Covid cases in Reading - where the last festival took place - have remained stable in recent days.  It takes up to a week for someone infected with the virus to start showing symptoms and get a positive test

Covid cases in Reading - where the last festival took place - have remained stable in recent days.  It takes up to a week for someone infected with the virus to start showing symptoms and get a positive test

Covid cases in Reading – where the last festival took place – have remained stable in recent days. It takes up to a week for someone infected with the virus to start showing symptoms and get a positive test

Images shared on social media suggested attendees had dumped positive lateral flow tests at the campsites and portable toilets on the festival site.

Videos on the social networking site TikTok reportedly showed positive lateral flow tests being dumped around the site.

More have been found on the public road leading away from the site.

Some were discovered next to syringes on Caversham Road, where many festival-goers walk from the site to the center of Reading.

Festival-goer Ben said: ‘It doesn’t bother me too much, but I don’t think my family would be so happy if they had to isolate themselves.

“I’m very sorry that there are positive tests lying around, but it’s to be expected. If I tested positive, I wouldn’t go home because we spent so much money to get here.”

Meanwhile, a social media user posted: ‘Sore throat on last day of Reading, thought of rough camping, drinking etc.

‘Three negative lateral currents but still went for a PCR to be sure, damn positive.

“Highly recommend getting a PCR test if you’ve been to a festival, even if you don’t have any symptoms/negative lateral flow.”

Another wrote: ‘I bought a pair of wellies from Depop and the guy was at the Reading Festival, so he said he’d send them in as soon as he got home. Fair. Now he has sent a message that he has tested positive for Covid. Shock.’

Some reports on social media claimed that people who attended the festival had recently tested positive for Covid, including others who said they had also seen positive test results on the ground at the Leeds festival site.

Some reports on social media claimed that people who attended the festival had recently tested positive for Covid, including others who said they had also seen positive test results on the ground at the Leeds festival site.

Some reports on social media claimed that people who attended the festival had recently tested positive for Covid, including others who said they had also seen positive test results on the ground at the Leeds festival site.

Twitter users also reported that fans at Leeds Festival caught the virus, with one saying they know teenagers from three families who tested positive after returning from the event.

One attendee said: ‘I went to Leeds Festival and it was literally Covid central. Saw two positive lateral flow tests on the floor.

‘Typical toilet festivals are not cleaned and I just came back and tested positive. Maybe not a huge impact, but it would certainly have spread the virus.”

Another person added: ‘Those are three families I now know whose teenagers have returned from the festival in Leeds with Covid.

“It would be a controlled event, but self-reported lateral flow tests as a control or proof of double vaccination are not good enough.”

It follows hundreds of tents along at least six fields from corner to corner on Monday after the three-day event ended on Sunday.

It follows hundreds of tents pitched corner-to-corner on at least six pitches on Monday, after the three-day event ended on Sunday

It follows hundreds of tents pitched corner-to-corner on at least six pitches on Monday, after the three-day event ended on Sunday

It follows hundreds of tents pitched corner-to-corner on at least six pitches on Monday, after the three-day event ended on Sunday

Abandoned tents are seen at the Reading Festival campsite after the event ended on Monday after three days of partying

Abandoned tents are seen at the Reading Festival campsite after the event ended on Monday after three days of partying

Abandoned tents are seen at the Reading Festival campsite after the event ended on Monday after three days of partying

The Association of Independent Festivals estimates that 250,000 tents are left behind at festivals across the UK, most of which end up in landfills

The Association of Independent Festivals estimates that 250,000 tents are left behind at festivals across the UK, most of which end up in landfills

The Association of Independent Festivals estimates that 250,000 tents are left behind at festivals across the UK, most of which end up in landfills

Festival-goers pass tents at the Reading Festival on Richfield Avenue.  Exhausted music lovers draped in duvets and sleeping bags slung over their shoulders as they left Reading Festival Monday morning after a weekend of fun

Festival-goers pass tents at the Reading Festival on Richfield Avenue.  Exhausted music lovers draped in duvets and sleeping bags slung over their shoulders as they left Reading Festival Monday morning after a weekend of fun

Festival-goers pass tents at the Reading Festival on Richfield Avenue. Exhausted music lovers draped in duvets and sleeping bags slung over their shoulders as they left Reading Festival Monday morning after a weekend of fun

Mass departure: festival-goers carried their camping gear and clothing along the banks of the Thames on Monday

Mass departure: festival-goers carried their camping gear and clothing along the banks of the Thames on Monday

Mass departure: festival-goers carried their camping gear and clothing along the banks of the Thames on Monday

In one field, seven tents appear to be set up in a circle, indicating that a group had camped together and all decided to leave their equipment behind.

Festival-goers ended the weekend watching Post Malone on the main stage.

But the next morning it was left to the staff to clean up the mess, with security having to get garbage bags to work because ‘the garbage collection staff were nowhere to be found’.

This year’s rite-of-passage festival for college graduates drew tens of thousands of people with headliners like Stormzy and Liam Gallagher.

It comes after public health chiefs revealed 4,700 Covid cases had been linked to five-day music and surf festival Boardmasters.

The event – held from August 11-15 – also required all cardholders to show evidence of double vaccination, natural immunity or a recent negative lateral flow test.

But after more than 50,000 people showed up for the event in Cornwall, the county became England’s Covid hotspot.

More than 1,000 people also tested positive for the virus after attending Latitude Festival in Suffolk, which took place in late July.

As many as 37,000 tickets were sold for the event, which was the first of its kind after lockdown rules were eased.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said at the time that the event showed that “we can safely reintroduce mass sporting and cultural events.”

Meanwhile, fears are mounting that England will face a spike in Covid infections in the coming weeks after children are back in the classroom.

Yesterday, Britain registered a further 32,181 cases, an increase of four percent in a week. However, the infections in England fell by 10 percent.

MailOnline has reached out to Festival Republic for comment.

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