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First Covid-19 death confirmed in Brazil

. Mar 17, 2020
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São Paulo state has announced the first death from Covid-19 in Brazil. The patient was a 62-year-old man, who suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure, and benign prostate enlargement. Further details will be disclosed in a press conference with the state health authorities this afternoon.

Patients with pre-existing health problems and older people are thought to be at greater risk of developing severe symptoms.

The state of São Paulo has concentrated the bulk of Brazilian Covid-19 infections—152 of 252 cases confirmed so far. In the state capital, Mayor Bruno Covas declared a state of emergency.

 
Euan Marshall

Originally from Scotland, Euan Marshall is a journalist who ditched his kilt and bagpipes for a caipirinha and a football in 2011, when he traded Glasgow for São Paulo. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, he authored a comprehensive history of Brazilian soccer entitled “A to Zico: An Alphabet of Brazilian Football.”

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