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97-year-old the oldest coronavirus survivor in Brazil

The sole survivor of an Italian family comprising 11 siblings, Dal Colleto lived alone in the port city of Santos, the organisation Rede D’Or São Luiz, which controls the Vila Nova Star hospital, said in a statement.

“Even with almost a century of life, Gina has a very active routine and enjoys walking, shopping and cooking,” the statement said. “She has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.”

While she was hospitalised, Dal Colleto was put on oxygen and admitted to intensive care, the statement said.

Illuminated statue of Christ the Redeemer that reads "Thank you" as Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performs Mass on Easter Sunday.

Illuminated statue of Christ the Redeemer that reads “Thank you” as Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performs Mass on Easter Sunday.Credit:Getty Images

On Sunday, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani Tempesta, performed Easter Mass at the base of Christ the Redeemer, which overlooks the city. At the same time, the statue was illuminated with images of medical staff and the words “thank you” as well as flags of nations also badly affected by the pandemic and the word “hope” in their respective language.

Brazil’s Health Ministry said 1223 people have died as a result of the outbreak, 99 more than the Saturday’s total. Brazil now has 22,169 confirmed cases. People with mild flu-like symptoms are told to quarantine at home to avoid putting extra pressure on hospitals and testing is limited, pointing to a much higher unknown rate of infection.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has chafed at social distancing measures imposed by state governors and even his own health officials and continued to go to street markets and shops where he’s often asked to take selfies with supporters.

He wants the economy restarted, arguing that extended shutdowns pose a greater risk than a disease he calls a “little cold”.

However, that stance has cost him in the polls and most nights, in cities across Brazil, quarantined Brazilians are banging pots and pans in protest at his handling of the crisis.

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On Sunday, Bolsonaro said he thought that the coronavirus was on its way out of Brazil, although he gave no explanation. In its place, he added, was coming further unemployment.

“It seems that the virus issue is starting to go away, but unemployment is coming … hard. We must fight these two things,” he said in a televised call with religious leaders.

Meanwhile in neighbouring Ecuador, President Lenin Moreno and his cabinet took 50 per cent pay cuts among measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic that has dealt a heavy blow to the Andean nation’s economy.

The pandemic in recent weeks has overwhelmed sanitary authorities in the largest city of Guayaquil, where corpses remained in homes or for hours on streets.

The salary reductions would also affect state officials including lawmakers in the National Assembly, who have heavily criticised Moreno’s plans to increase taxes to shore up government finances amid the pandemic.

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“I have arranged a 50 per cent reduction in the monthly income of the President, Vice President, Ministers and Vice Ministers,” Moreno wrote on Twitter.

Official data on Sunday showed Ecuador had 7466 infections and 333 deaths. Another 384 people were believed to have died of coronavirus, but the cases were unconfirmed because they were not tested.

Moreno has proposed creating a humanitarian assistance fund that would collect 5 per cent of the profits of businesses with reported revenue exceeding $US1 million ($1.57 million) in 2018, and would tax workers with monthly salaries of more than $US500.

Those measures have been questioned by indigenous people, unions and business leaders.

“The tax that we want to collect from the workers is unfair, given that the measures do not include the contribution of the state,” said labour leader Richard Gomez

Reuters

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