Christ the Redeemer statue lights up in amazing tribute to coronavirus victims

Brazil's iconic Christ the Redeemer was lit up with flags of countries around the world in an incredible show to honour the victims of coronavirus during the outbreak.

Drone footage from Rio de Janeiro shows colourful lights projecting on the 125ft-tall statue and a world map including all the countries that have been hit by the deadly COVID-19.

It also displays messages of #praytogether in different languages all over the statue of Jesus Christ.

The light show was put up for a mass led by the Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani Tempesta, in solidarity with countries affected by the coronavirus.

The statue, which last year saw attracted almost 2million visitors, will remain closed for at least a week after Brazil's Chico Mendes Institute ordered the closure of all national parks on Tuesday.

Brazil has recorded more than 500 cases of COVID-19, including two government ministers, and a total of four deaths.

The country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, was also tested positive twice for coronavirus, but said on both occasions the results were negative.

While local leaders took stricter precautions to contain the virus, Bolsonaro said the measures could damage the economy and expressed scepticism of the virus' severity.

He spoke to local radio, Tupi, earlier and said: "What is incorrect is the hysteria, as though it were the end of the world.

"A nation like Brazil, for example, will only be free when a certain number of people are infected and create antibodies."

On Monday, hundreds of prisoners broke out of four Brazilian jails over in riots over a coronavirus crackdown.

The Sao Paulo state prison authority said it could not say how many inmates had escaped as it was "still tallying the exact number of fugitives."

Local media reported that as many as 1,000 had fled from four jails – Mongagua, Tremembe, Porto Feliz and Mirandópolis – ahead of the lockdown.

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