Christ Statue in Rio De Janeiro Displays the Flags of the Nations Affected by COVID-19

Despite the fact that due to fears of spreading the virus, it is officially closed to the public, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio De Janeiro in Brazil is currently displaying the flags of the nations that are suffering from the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Brazil has recorded almost 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than half in Sao Paulo and the second-largest number in Rio, according to the Health Ministry. The nation reported its first death from the virus the same day: a 62-year-old man in Sao Paulo.

As local leaders imposed and recommended precautions, President Jair Bolsonaro said the measures could damage the economy and once again expressed scepticism of the virus’ severity.

“What is incorrect is the hysteria, as though it were the end of the world. A nation like Brazil, for example, will only be free when a certain number of people are infected and create antibodies,” he told a local radio station, Radio Tupi.

According to CNN: Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up with flags and messages of hope on Wednesday in solidarity with countries affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The statue, which overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro, was lit up with the flags of countries that have reported cases of the virus. The message #praytogether was also projected onto the statue in different languages.

 

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