Spring breakers defy coronavirus shutdown and say killer disease ‘not that bad’

Brazen students arriving for a spring break blowout in Miami have said they will continue to congregate despite coronavirus shutting down beaches and bars.

While COVID-19 claims thousands of lives around the world, kids hoping to let down their hair have whined that the disease is interfering with party plans they've had for "months".

US President Donald Trump has advised that people should not gather in groups larger than 10 and avoid restaurants and bars.

Brady Sluder, who went ahead with his trip despite a shutdown and pleas for social distancing, told CBS News: "If I get corona I get corona.

"At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying. I've been waiting, we've been waiting for Miami spring break for a while.

"About two months we've had this trip planned and we're just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens."

Similarly, Briana Leeder told the news channel: "It's really messing with my spring break. What is there to do here other than go to the bars or the beach? And they're closing all of it.

"I think they're blowing it way out of proportion. I think it's doing way too much."

A third spring breaker claimed that the killer disease "ain't that bad" and said he ought to be able to get a refund for his disrupted plans.

Atlantic Walker moaned: "What they're doing is bad, we need a refund. This virus ain't that serious.

"There are more serious things out there like hunger and poverty and we need to address that."

This comes after a determined bride said her wedding guests would be "dead to her" if they failed to show due to the pandemic.

There have been 191,127 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 and 7,807 deaths caused by COVID-19, the disease it causes, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports.

Meanwhile in the UK, 2,626 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 103 have died, according to the government.

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