A man from America’s Texas state has died from the novel coronavirus after he attended a ‘COVID party,’ Texas medical officer said.
According to the Guardian, the medical officer told that man has attended a ‘coronavirus party’ or a ‘COVID party’ believing that the virus is a hoax.
A ‘coronavirus party’ is a gathering hosted by someone who is affected by the virus, to see if the virus is for real, or if it affects someone, the doctor said.
Dr. Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist hospital in San Antonio said the man just before dying said a heartbreaking statement: ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.’
“I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily,” Dr. Appleby said, warning.
The doctor also said, seeing the recent spurt in cases in Texas, that has shot up from 5% a few weeks ago to 22% in recent times, she was ‘spurred’ to reveal the case, the Guardian reports.
A recent Agence France Presse tally found coronavirus cases, since June, has been rising steadily, with the three biggest spikes since the outbreak recorded in a row.
Texas in particular encountered an alarming rise in cases, leading one of the fastest re-opening to retreat back into lockdown. Republican Gov. Greg once said lockdown will be the last resort until recently, he was quoted as saying: “The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing positive,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was quoted as saying.
Doctor Appleby ricocheted a similar sentiment and has urged people, especially the younger generation to stay safe in this trying times since the virus “doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible.”
“Please wear a mask, stay at home when you can, avoid groups of people and sanitize your hands,” said Appleby. Coronavirus cases on Sunday touched 8,196 new cases in Texas. All total, there have been at least 264,347 cases in the American state, according to the New York Times tally.