The 73-year-old cardinal had confirmed on Aug. 10 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
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With nearly 1.9 million COVID-19 cases, Brazil has the second highest number of recorded pandemic fatalities in the world after the United States.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, called the medical delivery “a beautiful sign” and “a hug from the Pope for the entire world in a difficult situation.”
At least two states, Alabama and Washington, have been accused of drafting discriminatory guidance that would prioritize patients without disabilities over those with them, should there be a shortage of medical equipment, such as ventilators.
Italy's northern region of Lombardy has been hit the hardest, in part because of its larger population of elderly people.