Thursday, September 29, 2022

Chile’s President Fined Over Maskless Selfie With Woman

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Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera was Friday slapped with a $3,500 fine after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander without wearing a mask, media reports say.

Pinera apologised and turned himself in shortly after the photo surfaced on social media in early December, according to a report carried by CNN.

HeĀ  was quoted as indicating that he had been walking alone along the beach near his home in the posh Chilean seaside town of Cachagua when a woman recognized him and asked for a photo together.
The selfie shows the president and the woman standing very near to one another on a sunny day, neither wearing masks.

Masks are required in all public places in Chile and violations are punishable with sanctions that include fines and even jail terms.

According to Reuters, Chile has reported 581,135 cases of the virus since the outbreak began in March, and 16,051 deaths from the disease.

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Headline photo caption: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera

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