Peruvian mayor plays dead after violating coronavirus lockdown rules when cops arrived

A mayor in Peru’s Tantara District laid in a coffin with a mask covering his face when cops in the small town came to bust him for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules, according to the Standard UK.

Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres was also drunk when police arrived, the report said. His drinking buddies took cover, too, when the cops came.

The mayor has been dogged by criticism since Peru’s lockdown began more than two months ago. In addition to allegedly breaking quarantine rules personally, he is accused of leaving his town during the lockdown.

Torres has also been criticized for being lax in implementing safety measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic in sparsely populated Tantara. More than 200,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Peru and 3,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The South American nation has a population of 32 million.

Peru recorded its first COVID-19 death in March.