AP | THE PRESS OF LARA.- Thirteen people died at a party in Lima after the police intervened to enforce the ban on gathering and thus avoid contagion by coronavirusauthorities reported Sunday.
The event occurred on Saturday night in the disco thomas, which operates on the second floor of a local in the Peruvian capital, during a party with 120 attendees, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
People “they tried to escape through the only entrance door, running over and being trapped between the door and a staircase in the premises, “the ministry said in a statement.
Since mid-August, Peruvians have been prohibited from meeting, even on family appointments, for a state of emergency that limits several constitutional rights to avoid contagion. Authorities have also banned going out on Sundays due to a spike in infections.
The nightclub was connected to the first floor through a staircase and the door was closed. After the tragedy, other policemen had to force it to open it. The discos are prohibited from operating since March to avoid contagion.
Franco Asensios, one of those who attended the party, told local radio RPP that the intervention occurred at 9 pm
“The tombos (the police) said ‘get down the women’ … the people got excited and started to go down, and then they said that the people in front were suffocating,” he recalled.
Police arrested 23 people to define responsibilities. General Orlando Velasco, chief of the police, assured that no firearms or tear gas were used during the intervention.
The contagions in Peru due to the coronavirus they have been added by the thousands since July after a national quarantine which started on March 16. In recent weeks, infections doubled to more than 9,000 a day.
Peru faces the worst health crisis in its history with more than 585.000 infected and 27,453 deaths because of the virus. The South American country is the second with the most infected in Latin America after Brazil, and the third with the most deaths after Brazil and Mexico.
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