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.
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.
Headline photo caption: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera