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    Novel Coronavirus: Number of COVID-19 Infections Exceeds 1.5 Mln Globally (87)
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    Brazil has registered more than 1,400 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours. The total number of people infected with COVID-19 in the South American country has now reached 22,169, the Health Ministry said earlier today, adding that the coronavirus-related death toll had climbed to 1,223.

    Christ the Redeemer, an art deco statue located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been lit up to honour healthcare workers in hospitals across the country fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 38-metre-high statue was "dressed up" in a doctor's "coat" with messages written by children that read "Everything will be alright" also displayed. 

    The organisers thanked doctors from all over the world in Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Chinese, French, Arabic, and Russian, writing the word "thank you" in these languages.

    In addition, the statue was lit in the colours of the flags of those countries that have suffered the most from COVID-19: the US, Spain, Italy, China, and Brazil itself.

    ​The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 1.7 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 108,400 fatalities, according to a WHO report.

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