13 people died in a stampede at a disco in Peru after a police raid to enforce the country’s lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Sunday.
Large social gatherings are currently banned in Peru and there is a nationwide 10 p.m. curfew in place due to coronavirus restrictions. Several attendees and victims subsequently tested positive for the virus.
The stampede happened in Thomas disco in Lima, Peru where about 120 people had gathered for a party. People tried to escape from the only door of the second floor of the disco. They got trapped trampling on one another in a confined space.
Nightclubs have been prohibited from operating since March because of the pandemic. Peru started lifting quarantine restrictions on June 30 in an effort to get the economy moving again, and it was reported number of virus infections has doubled to more than 9,000 in recent weeks. The South American country has reported about 27,500 deaths from the new coronavirus.
Source: The African Media