Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, hold “Coronavirus parties” with their friends and gamble on who gets sick first.
City Councilwoman Sonia Mckinstry testified Wednesday that a series of parties previously reported were part of a game that involved inviting coronavirus-infected students in an attempt to intentionally contract the deadly virus:
- They put money in the “General store” and try to get infected. The one who will catch first gets the jackpot. It doesn’t make any sense, ” she said.
Members of the city Council did not directly mention the University of Alabama, but this institution is the largest in the city and the flagship of the state’s University system.
Tuscaloosa city fire chief Randy Smith informed the Council about these parties earlier this week, saying authorities initially thought this students ‘gamble on transmitting the virus “was some kind of rumor” “but added:” We did some additional research … not only did the doctors help confirm this, but the state also confirmed that they also had this information.”
Despite the news, Mckinstry insists that the city is taking the threat of coronavirus to public health seriously.
“We are trying to break up all these parties that we know about, ” she told ABC News.
In the state of Alabama, at least 37,536 cases of coronavirus infection and 926 deaths have been reported.
There is no doubt that in the world there is a problem with the rates among children and underage individuals, as well as match-fixing. These are the reasons why the US is so scrupulous about the process of legalizing betting. However, large companies know how to deal with this. So since the legalization of online betting in the UK in 2005, there have been less than 10 fixed matches.
In Europe, the proportion of events with a contractual nature is also low, with the exception of a few leagues. The question is what methods are used to combat this problem. In Britain, for example, there are numerous organizations to help dependent people, departments for responsible gaming.
With clear mechanisms for regulating online betting, most problems can be overcome. It is important to define advertising rules, a system of fines and liability for violations of any rules, strict penalties for match-fixing, and the creation of funds to fight for integrity in sports.