Youngster got Covid-19 after attending ‘coronavirus party’ for people ‘invincible’ to the illness

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that a twenty-something in his state had developed coronavirus after attending a party for people who claimed to be invincible to the illness (Pictures: AP/Getty)

A youngster contracted Covid-19 after attending a ‘coronavirus party’ organized by a group of twenty-somethings who considered themselves ‘invincible’ to the potentially deadly virus.

The unnamed patient fell ill with coronavirus in Kentucky after attending a gathering which deliberately ignored social distancing guidelines warning people not to gather in large groups, or stay too close to strangers.

Other revelers who attended the same bash are now being tested for Covid-19 amid fears they may also have contracted the highly contagious virus.

Announcing the shocking development at a press conference Tuesday night, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said: ‘This is one makes me mad. We have to do better than that.

‘This is the part where I, the person that tells everybody to be calm, have to remain calm myself.

‘Because anyone who goes to something like this may think that they are indestructible, but it’s someone else’s loved one that they are going to hurt.’

Beshear, who said the partygoer was one of 39 new diagnoses in Kentucky Tuesday, added: ‘We are battling for the health and even the lives of our parents and our grandparents.

‘Don’t be so callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that can kill other people. We ought to be much better than that.’

The Louisville Courier Journal reported that Beshear did not offer further updates on the patient’s condition, say whether anyone else had been infected – or comment on whether the party’s organizers could face criminal charges.

Coronavirus is far more likely to hospitalize or kill people aged over 60, but those younger than that must still observe social distancing rules to ensure they do not unwittingly pass on Covid-19 to any older, vulnerable people they may come into contact with.

Close to 55,500 people have so far been diagnosed with coronavirus in the United States, with 804 people known to have died of Covid-19.

Kentucky has seen 157 confirmed cases, and four deaths.

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