A student and her roommates have all tested positive for coronavirus shortly after posting a TikTok video of themselves on a boozy night out.
Lauren Bouskila, 21, a graduate of the University of Florida, said she and two other girls had confirmed Covid-19 cases following a night out in the town of Gainesville.
In a since-deleted post on the video-sharing app TikTok, Lauren shared a clip of the three without masks on sipping on drinks at an indoor bar.
Justifying their decision to go out, she quoted the others as saying: “Gainesville barely has any cases. We’ll be fine.
“Bars enforce safety regulations.”
But soon afterwards, the roommates fell ill with coronavirus symptoms including fever, sweating and stomach problems.
The Daily Mail reports one of the women as saying: “I’m actually so sick.”
Lauren shared a clip of a coronavirus test being administered before revealing all three had tested positive.
Within a day, the video had been viewed more than a million times before Lauren decided to delete it.
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has blamed younger people for the state’s dramatic surge in coronavirus cases, claiming they can’t be forced to comply with social distancing measures.
“They’re going to do what they’re going to do,” he said at a press conference.
Blaming younger people for the spike, he went on: “If you look at that 25 to 34 age group, that is now by far the leading age group for positive tests.”
Florida has recorded more than 146,000 infections and at least 3,447 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Over the weekend, the university confirmed worldwide coronavirus cases had passed the 10million milestone.
The US is by far the worst-hit country, with more than a quarter of all patients globally.
Some states which had previously loosened their lockdown measures are now enforcing them again to curb a second wave in infections.
Despite that, President Donald Trump has continued to play down the pandemic, insisting the country will get back to normal.