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Brazil: Cemetery monument commemorates COVID-19 victims

September 20, 2020 GMT
Giselle Peixoto, second left, leaves the Penitencia cemetery with her family after the inauguration of a monument to commemorate COVID-19 victims, at the Penitencia cemetery, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. A three-ton memorial was inaugurated on Sunday inside a cemetery where many of Rio de Janeiro's COVID-19 victims have been buried. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Giselle Peixoto, second left, leaves the Penitencia cemetery with her family after the inauguration of a monument to commemorate COVID-19 victims, at the Penitencia cemetery, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. A three-ton memorial was inaugurated on Sunday inside a cemetery where many of Rio de Janeiro's COVID-19 victims have been buried. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Giselle Peixoto, second left, leaves the Penitencia cemetery with her family after the inauguration of a monument to commemorate COVID-19 victims, at the Penitencia cemetery, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. A three-ton memorial was inaugurated on Sunday inside a cemetery where many of Rio de Janeiro's COVID-19 victims have been buried. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 3-ton monument was dedicated on Sunday at a cemetery where many of Rio de Janeiro’s COVID-19 victims have been buried.

The Infinity Memorial, a 39-meter (128-foot) long ribbon of undulating steel, was erected to pay tribute to those who died from coronavirus and provide families with a symbol of their loss in one of the worst affected cities in Brazil.

The memorial was designed by the Brazilian architect Crisa Santos, who had the idea of ​​building the work at the peak of the pandemic after visiting several cemeteries in the country.

“It gives a satisfaction to your heart to know that your father was not forgotten, that he is not just another victim”, said Giselle Peixoto, 54, whose father Geraldo Diniz Gonsalves was a victim of COVID-19.

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Rio de Janeiro state reached more than 17,600 deaths and more than 250,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, second only to Sao Paulo state in Brazil.

The names of 4,000 of those who died will be inscribed on the structure.