Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue closes

Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue closed at day-end Tuesday and won't reopen for at least a week after Brazil's Chico Mendes Institute ordered the closure of all national parks it oversees, including the one home to the statue.

The move is designed to help contain the spread of the coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19. The 125-foot-tall statue last year saw almost 2 million visitors.

Image:Tourists pose for photos in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue during a foggy day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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