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Surprise, surprise: Florida university announces at least 5 spring breakers have tested positive for COVID-19


What did they think was going to happen?

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Officials at Florida's University of Tampa announced on Monday that at least five students have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The five students reportedly traveled with other students to engage in spring break festivities amid the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

What are the details?

In a statement, the university tweeted, "UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery."

Despite officials' pleas of social distancing and self-quarantine, many college-age students across the country indulged in packed spring break gatherings.

Last week, a viral video featured some of the partying students defending their "right" to enjoy their spring breaks.

"If I get corona, I get corona," one bleary-eyed student — later identified as Brady Sluder — bragged. "At the end of the day, I'm not going to 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, two, three months, and we're just out here having a good time.

"Whatever happens, happens," the student reasoned.

What else?

Florida has had more than 1,171 confirmed coronavirus cases. At least 13 people have died because of the deadly disease.

CNN reports that Florida has the sixth most cases of COVID-19 in the United States.

According to the New York Post, the university did not publicly identify the students.

"The Florida Department of Health is following its protocol to identify, notify and quarantine any individuals that have had contact with these individuals," the university said, according to the outlet.

(H/T: The Hill)

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