Covid-19: Why Copacabana Is Rio’s Hardest Hit Neighborhood

No district in Rio records as many coronavirus victims as Copacabana. The reason is that the district has the highest proportion of elderly residents in the whole of Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world famous Copacabana beach district of Rio de Janeiro particularly hard: the more affluent southern zone of the district ranks at the top of the official list of Covid-19 deaths in the city.

There is a reason for this: according to the 2010 census, Copacabana records the highest proportion of elderly residents in Brazil. Epidemiologist Alexandre Kalache even claims that no other district in Latin America has such a high density of senior citizens. The 74-year-old Brazilian must know: he is one of the world's leading . . .

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