A fine of $3,500 was imposed on the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, for charges of posing and posting a selfie without a facemask on him which was in violation of novel coronavirus pandemic rules of the country.
An apology has been tendered by Piñera for the selfie in which he had posed with a woman who also was not wearing a mask when the photo was clicked without a mask and the picture went viral earlier this month.
He should have been wearing a face mask at the time when the woman had requested him for a photo while he was on a beach near his home in the town of Cachagua, the Chilean president has admitted.
Strict regulations about wearing masks in public are currently in force in Chile because of the pandemic. Penalties including fines and even jail terms can be slapped as punishment on people who are found to violate the face mask law.
In recent times,. Chile has seen an increase in the number of novel coronavirus cases and has so far reported one of the highest numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths among the Latin American countries.
According to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, there have so far been according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University in the US because of the pandemic in the country.
Even in the past, Piñera had found a number of his controversial photos to become politically issues and proved to be a cause of trouble for him politically.
A picture of him being present at a pizza party last year on the very night that wide spread inequality protests broke out in the capital, Santiago, had also provoked wide spread anger among people.
The president again sparked outrage among the public in April this year after pictures of him emerged and went viral of him posing for photographs at the plaza that had been the centre of anti-government protests prior to the imposition of pandemic restrictions in the country.
Santiago has also witnessed unrest over the coronavirus restrictions in recent times.
More than 1,000 new cases a day have been regularly reported in Chile since June this year.
A state of emergency was extended for 90 days by Piñeraat the start of December which allowed his government to continue to impose Covid-19 restrictions throughout the country to try and prevent the further spread of the pandemic.
(Adapted from BBC.com)