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Although the death certificate indicates that the man died of a heart attack, his family alleges that it was the result of complications from the coronavirus.

A collective burial of victims of COVID-19 in the Nossa Senhora cemetery in Aparecida.

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ALEX PAZUELLO / EFE

The corpse of an old man believed to have died from coronavirus in Brazil He remained on the street without anyone picking him up and in front of soccer players in a nearby park for at least 30 hours.

The case of Valnir da Silva, 62, adds more drama to the already serious situation in the South American country where cases of the disease have exploded.

This Friday, Brazil it surpassed Russia in number of cases and became the second country with more than 300,000 infected.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health said yesterday that the country registered a new maximum of 20,803 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the nation to 330,890.

The death toll in the region’s now-called epicenter of disease rose to 20,047 as of Friday.

The man’s body was seen between a line of parked cars and the soccer field in Rio de Janeiro on May 16.

A . photographer captured the heartbreaking scene.

Residents who were in a nearby bar called an ambulance after Da Silva began experiencing difficulty breathing. By the time the emergency personnel arrived, the patient had already died. The reason why the body was not taken is unknown.

A godson of the man, identified as Marcos Vinicius Andrade da Silva, 26, said that the next day, he contacted police officers, who also refused to collect the body. A civilian police spokeswoman quoted by the Daily Mail argued that bodies were only raised in criminal cases.

Thus, it took more than a day for a funeral team to remove the deceased. Residents who knew the man indicated that the last months of the Brazilian’s life were pure tragedy since after the death of his wife, the old man ended up living on the street.

Although the death certificate indicates that the widower died of a heart attack, his family alleges that it was the result of complications from the coronavirus.

Posted by . Pictures on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Posted by . Pictures on Thursday, May 21, 2020

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