#Now | The owner of the @MimpPeru He is in the district of Los Olivos, after an accident was reported in a restaurant bar during a police intervention, to collect information and find out the health status of the young and injured personnel. pic.twitter.com/shRpF3qFWu
– Ministry of Women and People. Vulnerable (@MimpPeru) August 23, 2020
The party took place in the second floor of a place called Thomas Restobar, located in the populous Lima district of The Olives, from the northern cone of Lima, to which the Police went to the calls of the neighbors.
Although the policemen expected to meet a meeting of about 20 or 30 people, they found about 120 in a small space, as specified to the station RPP News the general commander of the Police, Orlando Velasco.
To avoid being arrested, the assistants tried to escape through the only staircase that led to the exit located on the lower floor and caused an avalanche where people were trapped on top of each other.
“At the end of the stairs there was a metal door that opened to the inside. In these circumstances people get nervous and some started to leave but the door was closed. All out of desperation to get out they were trapped, also our captain with two more policemen“Velasco narrated.
Approx 120 people attended a night party at the local “Tomas -Resto Bar” in Los Olivos. The body of one of the 13 deceased is a few meters from the establishment. Family members have already identified the victim and are in the area. Via @RPPNews pic.twitter.com/wNUZtNelcr
– Joanna Castro (@ Joannita26) August 23, 2020
Of the thirteen deceased, only one died at the scene and the others lost their lives in the transfer to different clinics in the Peruvian capital., as detailed by the police general. All the fatalities are still in the process of identification.
Velasco also said that policemen had to use a vehicle with ropes to tear off the metal door and thus be able to free the deceased and the injured.
Since the social immobility measures began, police interventions at parties and social gatherings have been frequent, but never before had an event been registered with an attendance that exceeded fifty people.
Peru is the sixth country in the world and the second in Latin America with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus, accumulating more than 585,000 infections, and is close to becoming the country with the highest mortality rate, already exceeding 27,400 deaths from COVID-19.
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