Many of the participants traveled from the north of the country to the town of Maleo, where an illegal rave party was held and this week had three cases of this variant

Archive image of a party in Italy.CORRIERE DELLA SERA

More than 700 young people, loud music and now the fear of contagion in Maleo, a town in the region of Lombard, in Italy, that in the last week, in addition, already lived the fear of the Delta variant when suspicious cases were detected in the area.

The unauthorized party started on Saturday with a hundred young people who arrived by train and then walked to the right place for the meeting, the Cascina Ronchi meadow, an old abandoned quarry.

About 50 Italian police officers were watching, trying to control the young people, mostly drunk and without a mask.

Everything was managed through social networks a few days ago: chosen place, the nearby lake, the countryside two kilometers from the town … At around 11 p.m. on Saturday, the mayor of Maleo stressed, Dante Squazzi, the party started.

Dozens of young people lined up, walking down the road. “Obviously, our concern is mainly focused on the departure (scheduled for Sunday afternoon) and the risk of a new spread of infections,” added the councilor.

In Maleo, in fact, 11 new cases of Covid-19 emerged during this week, three of which were of the Delta variant. “The other eight samples were sent to Pava for analysis and we are awaiting the results,” explained the mayor.

None of the new cases had severe symptoms, except for one who experienced symptoms of interstitial pneumonia. The Police have identified dozens of participants and the first complaints against the organizers are likely to start from Monday.

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