And of that, there have been 601,000 deaths. | 22 Words

Coronavirus continues to dominate headlines across the globe.

Just as in many parts of the world COVID-19 is slowly beginning to drop, in other areas we're witnessing second waves of the deadly virus...

But residents in Florida are being completely terrorized as gangs host massive COVID-19 parties.

Keep scrolling to learn more about them.

As you will all be well aware by now, the world is currently under siege by a devastating and deadly virus.

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Since December 2019, global headlines have been adorned by continuously terrifying news about the spread of the notorious virus.

And, at first glance, the statistics are terrifying.

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At the time of writing, there are 14,300,000 confirmed cases.

And of that, there have been 601,000 deaths.

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A horrifying number.

It's been a truly dire couple of months.

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In a bid to combat the spread of the virus, various world leaders have imposed lockdowns upon their countries.

Millions are now quarantined to their homes...

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With strict social-distancing rules preventing them from having any physical contact with friends and loved ones.

It's an undeniably difficult time...

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And the only thing getting many people through these dark times is the idea that, by remaining self-isolated, they are helping to slowly rid the world of the devastating pandemic.

But thankfully we have begun seeing many amazing stories being shared.

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From people who have managed to recover from the virus...

One ninety-three-year-old patient defied all odds by beating the virus.

He was seen slowly leaving the hospital, and shaking the hands of each medical worker who had fought hard to save his life.

Firefighters surprised their colleague who had recently recovered from the virus.

A firefighter had the best surprise when he was finally able to be discharged from the hospital - his full squad were stood outside waiting.

One new mom was diagnosed with the virus shortly after giving birth...

And, thankfully, she has since been given the all-clear, and can now return home to her child.

All of these stories bring back a little bit of positivity.

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That is much needed at the minute.

Because, after months and months of bad news...

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I think it's about time we had a little bit of good news, don't you?

Well, here's a little bit more.

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According to figures, it's believed around 8.5 million people have recovered from COVID-19.

Which is incredible news!

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And probably the pick-me-up we all needed to hear.

Now we are entering the new normal.

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With lockdown restrictions easing across the globe, we are entering what they are calling 'the new normal', suggesting the world will never go back to the same state of normality as before.

But despite the statistics.

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Some people still aren't taking coronavirus all that seriously...

One 23-year-old is trying to let people know how serious it is.

Karim Salmen also wants young people to understand that they are at risk from the virus too. Coronavirus doesn't only affect the elderly.

Karim was high risk.

And speaking about some of his COVID-19 symptoms, he revealed:
Some of the symptoms I have been experiencing are shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, loss of appetite, and vomiting on the first day.
Karim decided to document his fight with COVID-19 for TikTok.

He's receiving oxygen.

But thankfully the youngster doesn't require a ventilator... Hopefully his videos will remind young people that COVID-19 is incredibly dangerous for them too.

But unfortunately.

Residents in Florida are being completely terrorized by the virus.

How so?

Because gang members (of all people) keep hosting massive COVID-19 parties, which range in size from 50-100 people.

They've been renting homes.

And throwing HUGE COVID-19 parties in hopes of spreading the disease, according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson.

600 complaints have been made.

Sheriff Russ Gibson explained:
There are some gangs that are renting these houses and they’re coming here to Osceola County. And this is something that we have to protect our residents with. They’re being referred to, from what I’m being told, as COVID-19 parties where they’re actually getting together and they’re trying to mingle to potentially spread the virus amongst each other if they’re asymptomatic or whatever the case might be.

Coronavirus isn't a joke.

Yes things in much of the world seem to be getting better - but we have to take this virus seriously.

So remember.

Things certainly aren't back to normal just yet - and we need to make sure we keep following the restrictions and guidelines in place. Or things could get much worse.