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Peru town mayor flouts lockdown to ‘drink with friends’, plays dead to avoid arrest

Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres climbed into an open casket and lay still, while wearing a face mask.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2020 7:45:45 pm
Peru town mayor plays dead, Peru town mayor coffin, Tantara mayor, Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres, Peru lockdown, peru coronavirus updates, indian express A photograph taken by the Peruvian National Police, in which Torres is seen lying in the coffin, has since gone viral on social media.

The mayor of a small town in Peru has been arrested after he was found lying in a coffin, pretending to be the corpse of a COVID-19 victim, to avoid being punished for flouting lockdown rules, the NZ Herald reported.

The mayor of a Peruvian town called Tantara, Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres, was allegedly drinking with friends in violation of Peru’s strict lockdown measures. When the police arrived at the scene, Torres reportedly climbed into an open casket lying nearby, and played dead.

A photograph taken by the Peruvian National Police, in which Torres is seen lying still in the coffin while wearing a face mask, has since gone viral on social media. Following his arrest, Torres was found to be intoxicated, reports suggested.

The mayor has faced criticism from locals for not taking social distancing and lockdown seriously. A strict lockdown was imposed in Tantara along with the rest of Peru over 66 days ago, as per reports.

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that South America had become an ‘epicentre’ of the global pandemic. With over 129,751 positive coronavirus cases and 3,788 deaths, Peru is the second-hardest hit country in Latin America, after Brazil, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University.

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