Police In 'Absolute Shock' After Breaking Up Massive Karaoke Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Police in the U.K. had to break up a "massive" karaoke party during a lockdown put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The government has advised citizens to avoid large and small gatherings in public and to avoid contact with friends or family who don't live in the same household.

Nevertheless, Derbyshire Police said their officers were in "absolute shock" to find more than 25 adults and children defied social distancing guidelines to gather at a party on Sunday night.

Police said they ensured people dispersed and the hosts of the party were "dealt with."

Group 1 Officers have just attended an address in absolute shock to find 25 adults and children having a massive party with speakers and karaoke. Everyone dispersed and hosts dealt with.

It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the Government advice and rules. pic.twitter.com/g3GFGhFN6e

— Derby West Response (@DerWestResponse) March 29, 2020

"Officers have just attended an address in absolute shock to find 25 adults and children having a massive party with speakers and karaoke," police said on Twitter. "Everyone dispersed and hosts dealt with."

They added: "It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the government advice and rules." Derbyshire Police have been contacted for additional comment.

The party took place during the first weekend of a nationwide lockdown in the U.K. in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

People have been advised to stay at home and only go out if their work is essential, to exercise or to buy food or medicine.

Meanwhile, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, has said that the county would get through the crisis together.

Karaoke party
Police in the U.K. broke up a karaoke party with 25 adults and children during a lockdown put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Derbyshire Police

In a video message posted on Twitter on Sunday evening, Johnson praised 20,000 former National Health Service (NHS) staff who have returned to work to help tackle the pandemic. He also thanked those complying with the government's guidelines, health workers and those working in essential sectors.

He said: "We are going to do it, we are going to do it together. One thing I think the coronavirus crisis has already proved is that there really is such a thing as society."

Earlier in the day, England's deputy chief medical officer Dr. Jenny Harries warned the U.K. that government restrictions are likely to continue for six months.

The U.K. has more than 19,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,231 deaths, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. More than 150 people in the country have recovered.

Globally, the virus has infcted more than 723,000 people and killed more than 34,000. More than 152,000 people have recovered.

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