UK rock band slammed for not canceling concert amid coronavirus pandemic

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A Welsh rock band was heavily criticized online and by the press for not canceling a concert in Cardiff, the United Kingdom amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

The concert is part of Stereophonics’ Kind 2020 tour, which has another gig scheduled in London on March 25 followed by others in Switzerland and the Netherlands starting June, according to the rock band’s website.

With the rest of the world locking down or at least encouraging social distancing by canceling events, the UK has yet to implement tough measures, but health minister Matt Hancock said Sunday it would announce emergency powers on Tuesday, which are expected to include a ban on mass gatherings.

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Twitter users slammed the band and the British government for being “selfish” and “reckless” respectively.

“How incredibly irresponsible! It takes just one corona infected person to be there and the spread will be tremendous,” Coen Koppen wrote as a reply to the band’s video of the concert.

Media figure Vonny LeClerc wrote: “I hope all that money helps ease your conscience. This is so unbelievably irresponsible at a time of the worst public health crisis the country has ever seen.”

Britain's death toll from the disease had reached 21 on Saturday, and official figures showed the country has 1,140 confirmed cases.

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Despite the heavy criticism, a coronavirus update on the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff website says “at this time, all shows and events are going ahead as planned.”

The statement also says that the “safety and health of all staff and visitors” is the arena’s “main priority.”

Critics have accused the government of not acting quickly enough to contain the spread, but the government has said that it is taking the advice of experts, including behavioral scientists, on when to deploy the measures.

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With agencies