Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated on Wednesday night as a beacon of solidarity with the world’s coronavirus victims.

Flags and maps of the countries impacted by the fast-spreading coronavirus strain were projected onto the 125-foot-tall statue in Rio de Janeiro. The hashtag #praytogether, translated into several languages.
The Chico Mendes Institute, a federal agency linked to Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment, is in charge of the park where the statue is located.
The institute closed the landmark and other national parks it oversees in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the new coronavirus.

Almost 2 million tourists visited the Christ the Redeemer statue last year. Completed in 1931, the monument towers over Rio from the summit of Mount Corcovado.

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