Diego Maradona Funeral: Crowds Pour Into Argentina’s Presidential Palace

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    Pent-up emotions after eight months of strict Covid-19 restrictions in Argentina spilled over with the death of soccer superstar Diego Maradona, prompting people to flood squares, streets and the presidential palace to honor their icon. What did Maradona die from? Maradona suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at a house on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where he was recovering from surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot from his brain. He was 60. After many supporters waited in barricaded lines overnight to pay their respects, the wake was largely orderly and peaceful until the afternoon when the homage abruptly ended amid crowds streaming into the palace known as the Casa Rosada in downtown Buenos Aires. Clashes with the police took place in and around the iconic Plaza de Mayo in front of the main government buildings. Earlier, a live stream of the casket showed masked Argentines singing, crying and tossing flowers toward the casket draped in the national team shirt with his number 10. President Alberto Fernandez, his cabinet and soccer coaches and players were among the visitors. The government declared three days of mourning after his sudden death on Wednesday. “I don’t care about dying. I loved Diego and I hold him in my soul,” said Juan Carlos Luna, a 79-year-old retired building porter when asked whether he was concerned about the risk of being infected by Covid-19. People lined up for as many as 11 blocks to enter the presidential palace to see the casket. While certain rules were imposed within the building, social distancing and mask wearing was impossible to police outside. The wake was expected to draw a million people with some comparing it to the service for former first lady Eva Peron. The opening to a mass gathering marks a sharp contrast to nearly eight months of tightly-managed lockdown, one of the longest in the world. Airports have only recently resumed normal operations. Currently, the city only allows outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and schools are allowed to host short outdoor activities of as many as 10 students at a time. The government was initially praised for its swift and strict March lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus, but cases continued spreading through the winter, reaching a peak in October. The country has failed to carry out widespread testing leading to positivity rates of as high as 65% during the pandemic. Argentina ranked second-last of 53 countries in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking, which examined data to determine the best places to be during the pandemic including overall cases, deaths, expected economic impact and testing. The South American nation of 45 million people, which is battling years of economic malaise and recently restructured $65 billion of debt, has about 1.4 million cases and 37,000 deaths from the virus. That ranks 9th and 10th respectively in the world. Within hours of the news of Maradona’s death fans of all ages began chanting soccer anthems around the iconic Obelisk in the city center, waving flags. Food, beer and merchandise stands added to the festive stadium ambiance. The event drew criticism from some opposition politicians who note that the government still hasn’t released a wide-ranging plan to reopen schools but managed to quickly pull together the mass event in Maradona’s honor. Jogging and outdoor dining was only authorized relatively recently in the capital. Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and won league championships in Italy and at home, granting him the sort of iconic status normally reserved for war heroes. But while his scoring prowess and flair in slaloming past opponents vaulted him into the hall of soccer fame, he struggled to cope with the adulation and his battles with addiction became regular global news. “Today is really a special day and the pandemic gets relegated to a second tier,” said Pablo Aviñoa, 45, an airline steward, as he walked out of the presidential palace. He added that there was sufficient space for people to socially distance as they entered to see the casket. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/qt/live, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Have a story to tell? Fill out this survey for a chance to have it featured on Bloomberg Quicktake: https://cor.us/surveys/27AF30 Connect with us on… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bloomberg Breaking News on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloombergQuickTakeNews Twitter: https://twitter.com/quicktake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quicktake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quicktake

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