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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For seven years, six months and a few days, according to her count, Maria de Lourdes Silva Araújo has been living in the long-term care institution Bezerra de Menezes, in Penha, eastern São Paulo.

Since visitations were canceled to prevent the risk of contamination by Covid-19 among the almost 100 elderly home residents, the 82-year-old from Maranhão draws and paints most of the time. But she misses her relatives and 35 volunteers who would come daily to develop workshops or leisure activities, such as musical performances, and theatre or . . .

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