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Greater Rio de Janeiro Sees January 149% Increase in Deaths Over Preceding Month

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first month of 2021 has begun with more violence than late 2020 in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. In all, the Fogo Cruzado platform recorded 412 gunfire/firearm shootings, 35% more than in December 2020, when there were 306 shootings.

The number of dead and injured in these shootings was also higher in January. In all, 206 people were shot in the metropolitan area: 107 died and 99 were injured. There was a 149% rise in the number of deaths and an 83% increase in the number of wounded compared to the preceding . . .

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