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Chile’s President Charged With $3500 For Mask-less Selfie


Amna QuddusiWeb Editor

20th Dec, 2020. 10:30 am
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Sebastián Piñera

The no mask selfie made the Chilean President Sebastián Piñera pay a fine of $3500 (£2,588) as he beached the coronavirus laws.

Mr. Piñera expressed remorse after his selfie with the woman without a mask went viral on a beach.

When the woman demanded an image on a beach near his home in the town of Cachagua, the president acknowledged he should have worn a mask.

Chile has placed strict laws on wearing the mask in public.

Breaching the mask laws in Chile have forms of punishments that include detention and fine.

Coronavirus cases are surging in Chile, the part of Latin America that has seen the most deaths with coronavirus up till now.

According to a tally held by Johns Hopkins University in the US, the country has reported 581,135 infections and 16,051 deaths to date.

In the past, controversial pictures have proven to be politically problematic for Mr. Piñera.

Last year, when the demonstrations took place all over the capital of the city, Santiago Mr. Piñera triggered the protesters after been captured at the pizza party.

Afterward, during April of 2020, he again provoked anger among the masses after snapping photos at the plaza that had been the hub of anti-government demonstrations until corona-virus restrictions were introduced.

The measures to control coronavirus has caused unrest all over Santiago.

Chile has been registering more than 1,000 new cases a day since June.

Mr. Piñera prolonged the state of emergency for 90 days at the beginning of December, enabling his government to continue enforcing restrictions.

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