Brazilian mayor, elected in November while in a COVID-19 coma, dies

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Brazilian mayor, elected in November while in a COVID-19 coma, dies

Maguito Vilela, the Brazilian politician who was elected mayor of the city of GoiĆ¢nia while in a coma due to COVID-19, has died from complications to the disease, it was announced on his personal Instagram account on Wednesday. “It is with deep regret that we report the death of the mayor of GoiĆ¢nia, Maguito Vilela, which occurred this morning,” the statement said. Local media said he was 71.

Vilela’s surprise election from his hospital bed made international headlines. It was a vivid example of the reach of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, which has the world’s worst COVID-19 death toll outside the United States. Nearly 205,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, with 8.2 million people infected with the virus. A former senator from the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement party, Vilela tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 20. A week later, he arrived at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, and has spent most of his time there either intubated, or in an induced coma.

In November, he was elected mayor of GoiĆ¢nia, a city of 1.5 million people in central Brazil. He won 52.6% of the vote. “The family is providing the transfer of the body from SĆ£o Paulo to GoiĆ”s and he must be buried in JataĆ­, his native land,” the Instagram statement said.

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