In Alabama, USA, local officials said that young people specifically invite patients with COVID-19 to parties. The first who gets infected receives a cash prize from the organizer.
It is reported by the American television channel CNN.
Member of the City Council of Tuscaloosa (a city in the west of the state), Sonia McKinstry, said that young townspeople have parties, to which people with COVID-19 are specially invited. At the same time, the organizers of the parties promise a cash prize to the one who becomes infected first and provides evidence of this.
According to McKinstry, such entertainment became popular, it became known from local firefighters. Officials decided to check the rumors and the information was confirmed.
“At first we thought it was a bit of a rumor. We did something like a study, not only the doctors confirmed it, the staff confirmed that there is such information, ”she said.
According to authorities, several such parties have taken place over the past few weeks. There were probably a lot of them, but the authorities did not know about them. Officials are determined to decisively combat such events.
“It infuriates me. I am furious from the fact that something so serious and deadly is taken for granted. Not only is it irresponsible, but they could catch the virus and bring it home to their parents or grandparents. This is not a political issue. This is a public health problem. People are dying, but there is no cure. We must do everything possible to save as many lives as possible, ”the official said.
As of Thursday, July 2, in Alabama, 39 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19, nearly 1 thousand people have died. The United States remains the leader in the number of detected cases of coronavirus infection in the world. – More than 2.6 million cases were detected.