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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Brazil has 5,127,747 households in "subnormal agglomerates" - a technical term covering communities widely known as favelas  - scattered over 734 municipalities. Two-thirds of them are two kilometers or less away from a health care facility, according to a release on Tuesday, May 19th, by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics).

In total, the country has 13,151 subnormal agglomerates, which are called by many different names, according to the region of Brazil where they are located: 'favela', 'invasão', 'grota', 'baixada', 'comunidade', 'mocambo', 'palafita', 'loteamento', 'ressaca', and . . .

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