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Brazil’s Covid-19 socialite superspreaders

Brazil's Covid-19 socialite superspreaders
High-society marriage turns into Coronapalloza. Photo: Instagram

The first Covid-19 death in the state of Rio de Janeiro was 63-year-old Cleonice Gonçalves, a maid who worked for a wealthy family in the upmarket Rio neighborhood of Leblon. State officials say Ms. Gonçalves contracted the virus from her employer, who had been holidaying in Italy and fell ill on return but allegedly refused to inform her housekeeper of the risk of contamination.

On Monday, March 16, Ms. Gonçalves began showing Covid-19 symptoms while at work. She then took a two-hour taxi back to her home in Miguel Pereira — a countryside town north of Rio de...

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