MIAMI (WSVN) - Reports are emerging that multiple people have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending last week’s Bitcoin Conference in Miami.
At least 12,000 people attended the event.
“Post-COVID, this is the largest conference that has ever happened,” said Brock Pierce with the National Bitcoin Foundation, on June 3.
Many attendees were spotted not wearing a mask, and no proof of vaccination was required.
In a statement, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the city is in constant communication with health authorities.
He also wrote, “Based on public data from hospitals and other watchdogs, we have no reason to believe the conference was a ‘super spreader.'”
Suarez was a big supporter of the event coming to the Magic City.
“In Miami, we’re in pursuit of becoming what I call, ‘The capital of capital,'” he said.
He said it’s unfair to blame the conference for the virus spreading.
However, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy said it’s large events like these that could be a setback for battling the coronavirus.
“The problem comes when you have a portion of folks who may not be vaccinated. They may find that they are, in fact, at greater risk,” said Murthy.
With Independence Day coming up, Murthy is urging everyone to take precautions.
“It is so important that if you are unvaccinated, you still follow the rules around wearing masks and keeping distance,” he said.
Murthy also said those who are vaccinated can safely attend events large and small without worrying about contracting or spreading the virus.
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