President of Chile’s maskless selfie with woman on beach goes viral; fined ₹2.5L

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has been fined $3,500 (approximately ₹2.5 lakh) after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander without wearing a mask as required during the coronavirus pandemic, health authorities said. Pinera apologised and explained that he had been walking alone along the beach 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 mask. 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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