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  • Cacique Raoni Metuktire. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. February 25, 2017.

    Cacique Raoni Metuktire. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. February 25, 2017. | Photo: EFE

Published 31 August 2020
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The indigenous leader would remain hospitalized, because of thoracic pain. Doctors associate the symptoms with inflammatory myocarditis due to the virus.

The Brazil Institute Raoni said on Monday that chief Raoni Metuktire tested positive for COVID-19. 

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“His condition is good, without fever, breathing normally and without the help of oxygen. Raoni had COVID-19, and tests show the presence of antibodies,” the Raoni Institute tweeted.

After showing pneumonia symptoms, the 89-years-old chief of the Kayapo people was admitted to a hospital in Sinop municipality, in the Matto Grosso department. This is his second hospitalization after being admitted in July.  

Chief Raoni Metuktire is an environmental advocator who opposes mining and deforestation. He has been a radical detractor of the exploitation of the natural resources during Jair Bolsonaro’s mandate.


“Although his health inspires care, his condition is stable, and he will have to have new tests,” the institution added.

The indigenous leader would remain hospitalized because of thoracic pain. Doctors associate the symptoms with inflammatory myocarditis due to the virus.

According to the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, 21,757 indigenous people have contracted COVID-19 in Brazil, and 615 have died due to the virus.

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