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Brazil's Maracana stadium tapped to serve as coronavirus hospital


Maracana stadium. (Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's Maracana sports complex in Rio de Janeiro, which includes the world famous soccer stadium, will become a temporary hospital to help fight coronavirus, state authorities said on Thursday.

As cases of coronavirus have spread in Brazil, reaching over 2,900 on Thursday, state authorities have sought sports venues for use as temporary hospitals.

Seventy-seven people have died from the disease, although right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the illness, comparing it to a "little flu."

At the state level, governors have been implementing lockdowns and trying to ...


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