Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera Fined $3,500 For No-Mask Selfie


Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera Fined $3,500 For No-Mask Selfie

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has been fined $3,500 (£2,588) for breaching coronavirus rules by posing for a selfie with no facemask on.

Mr Piñera apologised after the photo of him with a woman – also without a mask – went viral earlier this month.

The president admitted he should have worn a mask when the woman requested a photo on a beach near his home in the town of Cachagua.

Chile has strict rules about wearing masks in public.

Violations of the mask law are punishable with penalties that include fines and even jail terms.

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Chile, which has seen among the highest number of cases and deaths related to the disease in Latin America.

Since June, Chile has been reporting more than 1,000 new cases a day.

At the start of December, Mr Piñera extended a state of emergency for 90 days, allowing his government to continue imposing restrictions.

The documents would be given to people to allow them to return to work, Deputy Health Minister Paula Daza said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is “no evidence” that people who contract coronavirus are immune from being infected again.

It said certificates could inspire false confidence and help it spread.

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Chile has reported 189 virus-related deaths and more than 13,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” the WHO said in a briefing note on Friday.

The body argued that so-called “immunity certificates” could even be harmful, because they could lead people to ignore public health advice and therefore increase the risk of transmitting the disease.

Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera Fined $3,500 For No-Mask Selfie


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