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Sweden's teens warned to stop deliberately coughing on the elderly in despicable ‘coronavirus challenge'

Added 03-31-20 04:37:02am EST - “Authorities in the Swedish municipality of Eslov have warned residents that teenagers are knowingly coughing, sneezing, and spitting beside the elderly in the so-called ?coronavirus challenge.'” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Sweden’s teens warned to stop deliberately coughing on the elderly in despicable ‘coronavirus challenge’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Parents have been advised to “talk” with their children after a number of reports of targeted unsavory and unsanitary behavior by the local youth against the elderly. Sweden has opted not to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement of its citizens, contrary to most other countries. 

However, universities and high schools have shut, meaning a bored youth is apparently looking to entertain itself at the expense of the elderly.

“Some of our elders have been exposed to youths knowingly coughing, sneezing, and spitting in their vicinity in the streets and in stores. Talk to your youth and, above all, respond if you see someone out to provoke and behave disrespectfully,” Eslov Municipality wrote on Facebook.

Many people online called the behaviour “disgusting” and “absolutely senseless” though some accused the municipality of spreading “fake news” from “racists” and that “young people” was a code word for something entirely different. 

“It has come to our knowledge that older people feel insecure. That young people cough and shout ‘corona’ only to walk away and laugh,” Ingrid Westerlund, the head of operations at Eslov Municipality, told Swedish Radio.

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