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Mexico holds big music festival despite coronavirus concerns

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Posted at 1:16 AM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 01:16:52-04

BY BERENICE BAUTISTA, MEXICO CITY — The coronavirus pandemic may have led authorities around the globe to cancel concerts and sporting events, and even shut down daily activities in some places.

But Mexico City has gone ahead with the two-day Vive Latino — one of the most important music festivals in the country.

Although some acts backed out, tens of thousands of music fans flocked to Saturday's opening of the festival, which still expected Guns N' Roses, Carlos Vives and Zoe to be among its headliners.

Concerns about the new COVID-19 illness were evident, though.

At the entrance, the usual security checks for such events had a new filter: Each person entering is checked for fever and a strong smell of antibacterial gel permeates in the air.