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Sturgis biker rally ‘was super-spreader event’

New York: It was a 10-day celebration of big bikes and inalienable American freedom for which more than 400,000 people descended on a South Dakota town.

But, three weeks on, the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is feared to have been a “super-spreader event”, with doctors recording scores of coronavirus cases linked to the get-together.

A biker poses for a photo on Main Street during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

A biker poses for a photo on Main Street during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.Credit:AP

An academic paper suggested the rally could have been potentially responsible for more than 250,000 cases.

The paper, by four researchers at San Diego State University’s Centre for Health Economics, argued that cases from the rally could have a public health bill of $US12 billion ($16 billion).

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