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Hundreds attend evangelist singer's NYE concert in LA despite skyrocketing COVID-19 cases

Hundreds attend evangelist singer's NYE concert in LA despite skyrocketing COVID-19 cases
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Christian singer and activist Sean Feucht held a New Year's Eve concert in Los Angeles County on Thursday that drew around 2,500 guests despite the area's surging number of coronavirus cases.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Feucht held the event in the parking lot of Higher Vision Church in Valencia, with many of the hundreds of guests attending without wearing face coverings. 

It was one of many such events held by Feucht in recent days. He has been holding similar concerts across the country as well as a worship protest on the National Mall last October. 

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According to the Times, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said there were no reported incidents related to the event.

Video of Thursday's event showed crowds jumping, singing and shouting while packed shoulder to shoulder. 

Feucht captioned the video citing a 99 percent survival rate for COVID-19 as a reason his worship services won't be stopped. 

Public health officials have warned that while a 99 percent survival rate sounds rosy, it would amount to somewhere between 700,000 and 1.5 million dead without measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe dangers of pausing the J&J vaccine Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose MORE previously noted that a 1 percent mortality rate "means it is 10-times more lethal than the seasonal flu." 

The event in Los Angeles County, where more such concerts are being planned, comes as the state faces skyrocketing cases of COVID-19, and after it has detected the more rapidly spreading strain of the virus that was first detected in the United Kingdom last month.