It is now reliably reported that two members of the Mariinsky orchestra have fallen sick with the pandemic. The orchestra is on a national tour with Valery Gergiev who says there have been ‘2 or 3 cases’ in the entire company.
Our informant has seen a list of 16 names that tested positive for Covid twice in a row, the second time for confirmation. Four Mariinsky staff are in hospital. A young dancer, Nikolai K., is seriously ill and on a ventilator.
An additional 34 people are on sick leave with fever, some awaiting a second test.
There are more than 50 cases across the company but no-one dares to contradict Gergiev’s denials or disobey his orders.
Aside from immediate danger to life, Covid leaves patients with long-lasting health complications.
UPDATE: The Mariinsky Theater has just postponed this week’s ballet performances of the Stars of the White Nights festival due to ‘Corona precautions’.