How desperate are you to escape coronavirus lockdown measures? Probably not as desperate as this man.
One small-town mayor in Peru, while attempting to avoid arrest for violating the country’s lockdown orders, hid from the police in an unusual place — a coffin.
Take a look:
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This is Peruvian mayor of city of Tantarà, the moment he was found by police:
alive and kicking, but pretending to be dead in a coffin he suddenly jumped into, in the attempt, to escape arrest for violating quarantine to get drunk with friends pic.twitter.com/fs7LJ73ART
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 21, 2020
What did he do?
According to local media reports, the man involved here is Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres, the mayor of Tantara, which has been under lockdown orders since March.
This past week, Torres decided to ignore the country’s coronavirus lockdown orders and go out drinking with his friends. As a result, police were called in to arrest him.
As the police were making their way there, Torres, wearing a face mask, decided to hide in a coffin, a coffin designated for those who succumb to the coronavirus. It is reported that his friends hid in some drawers.
The police, obviously, managed to located Torres, and took the above photo of the mayor in a coffin with a facemask. The police said that he was drunk when they found him, according to the Daily Mail.
Not that unexpected
In recent weeks, Torres has drawn scrutiny for his behavior and leadership during Peru’s coronavirus outbreak.
It has been reported that he failed to enact protective measures to help control the spread of the virus. Torres, rather than being a supportive voice during this time, has also been mostly absent during the lockdown, according to the New York Post.
For this behavior, he has faced criticism from the local population. In fact, just earlier this month he was asked to attend a town hall meeting where locals chastised him for not taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously. Clearly, though, the reprimand had little effect.
The current situation
Peru is currently the second hardest-hit Latin American country by the coronavirus. It has seen over 108,000 COVID-19 cases and over 3,100 reported deaths. The leading Latin American country is Brazil with over 334,000 confirmed cases and over 21,200 deaths, which is quite a bit more than Peru, but Peru only has a population of about 32 million, while Brazil’s population is up over 200 million.
Peru’s president, Martin Vizcarra, recently stated: “There will not be a day in which the restrictions are lifted and everything is as before. We have to make adjustments responsibly and we will do this with the assistance of professionals and experts.” Clearly, Torres is not on board.