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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - She has been almost six months locked inside her home in Brasilia. Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, in March, through October, retiree Vânia Carvalho de Mendonça, 71, did not set foot outside her doorstep.

"It was my husband who did the shopping in the market", she says. In October the health crisis situation in Brazil seemed to be improving, with the number of deaths and cases decreasing weekly. Her grandson's birthday -Vânia hadn't seen him for almost a year - led her to end her quarantine.

She hopped on . . .

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