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A Brazilian city decreed 21 days of fasting and prayer for the coronavirus

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Indigenous women with masks (REUTERS / Bruno Kelly)
Indigenous women with masks (REUTERS / Bruno Kelly)

The Brazilian city of Ladarium, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul (central-west) and close to the Bolivian border, a period of 21 days of fasting and prayer began this Monday decreed by the Mayor's Office to ask for divine intercession to combat the advances of the coronavirus.

The decree, which was issued on Friday and entered into force on Monday, was enacted on the grounds of the city being largely "christian", But the Iranian mayor of Lima Soares clarified that" it is not obligatory "and fasts and prayers must be carried out"from the houses, to avoid crowds"

"We resolved to stimulate people's faith, so that they can have hope, so that the moment of panic does not invade their hearts, minds"The mayor told reporters.

According to Soares, the decree pretends that people "they can turn a little face to God and thus be able to bring the hope that everything will happen and then everything will be restored

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According to the decree, "humanity, in some moments, turned to God to guide them in how to live and overcome those difficult and turbulent moments, resulting from the spread of disease" and for the last day, June 7, ask for a prayer chain to be held for one hour, from five to six in the morning.

The municipality of just over 23,000 inhabitants has so far recorded five infections by COVID-19, without any deaths, three confirmed cases less than neighboring Corumbá, bordering Bolivia.

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In Ladario the use of masks is obligatory and the churches, mostly evangelical, remain open but they can only hold services and religious acts with a maximum of 30% of their capacity.

Until Monday, the Ministry of Health officially recorded 16,792 deaths and 254,220 cases of coronavirus across the country.

(With information from EFE)

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