Despite reports that Chicago is one of the worst-hit cities by the deadly Coronavirus in the US, a large number of people were reportedly filmed at a crowded house party in the City on Saturday night, reportedly on the West Side of Chicago.
According to MTO, 1000 people attended the crowded house party which took place over the weekend on the city’s west side and many of them failed to maintain social distancing.
One of the partygoers told MTO News, “I’m not worried about [the coronavirus] . . . but if I didn’t have it before, I probably got it now. Oh well.”
The video, uploaded by Tink Purcell, has reached over 50,000 shares in less than a day.
On Sunday afternoon, CPD did issue the following statement.
“We are aware of a video circulating on social media depicting a large house party inside of an alleged Chicago residence. While we cannot authenticate the nature or location of the gathering, we want to remind everyone of the social distancing requirements in place. CPD will disperse crowds in violation of social distancing requirements, and if necessary, issue citations or as a last resort, enforce via arrest.”
Asked about the video during his daily press conference Sunday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he hadn’t seen it but did hear about it. He said going to a crowded party and not social distancing could lead to the spread of COVID-19, especially since many people spread it while they’re not showing any symptoms.
“You’re literally putting everyone around you in danger, you are, they are putting you in danger, and very importantly, all of those people are putting their families and their friends who are not there with them in danger,” Pritzker said.
In Chicago, over 40, 000 cases of Coronavirus and 1,874 deaths have been recorded.
The United States leads in Coronavirus cases and deaths globally. According to World Meters, there are 987,322 cases of Coronavirus and 55,415 deaths as at on Sunday, April 26, 2020.