Argentine president accused of breaking quarantine

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has drawn sharp public criticism for allegedly breaking a mandatory quarantine to host a birthday party for his wife.

Argentine media released photos apparently taken at the party in July of last year, at a time when the government had banned social gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

More than 10 people appear in the photos, including the couple with friends. They were not wearing masks, nor maintaining social distancing.

Local media reported on Thursday that prosecutors have begun investigating the president for the alleged violations.

Fernandez has acknowledged that he held the party and publicly apologized. He has offered to donate part of his salary to be used in the fight against the coronavirus.

More than 5 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Argentina, with deaths from infection surpassing 110,000.

The latest polls show that more than 70 percent of the public hold a negative impression of Fernandez.