Some who attended the world's largest cryptocurrency conference in Miami last weekend have started testing positive for COVID-19, CNBC reported.
There was no mask mandate or proof of vaccination required to attend Bitcoin 2021, which was held over two days at Mana Wynwood Convention Center. About 12,000 people attended the conference, according to CNBC.
The conference was Miami's biggest in-person event since COVID-19 began, with Miami branding itself as a tech destination.
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NBC 6 reached out to the event organizers, who deferred to health authorities.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez issued a statement Friday, saying in part:
“Based on public data from hospitals and other watchdogs, we have no reason to believe the conference was a ‘Super Spreader.’ At this point, with the information we know, this characterization of the event is not only unfair but also irresponsible."
Suarez's statement went on to say the city of Miami adheres to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the Florida Department of Health as "our community navigates this current stage of the pandemic."