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Brazil surpasses 70,000 coronavirus deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Brazil's health ministry says there have been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths

FIGHTING THE VIRUS. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2020 a woman walks in front of a mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on coronavirus with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's face, at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro announces positive coronavirus test

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:49 PM

The test 'has come out and it's positive,' Jair Bolsonaro says in a television interview from his residence in capital Brasilia, adding that he is taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat the illness

POSITIVE. In this file photo, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask as he arrives at the flag-raising ceremony before a ministerial meeting at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, on May 12, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil to become testing ground for coronavirus vaccine

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Brazil, which is the primary global producer for yellow fever vaccines, is renowned for its expertise in vaccines

General view of a commercial street after it reopened, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 10, 2020. - Sao Paulo's municipality authorized the reopening of commercial streets under safety measures such as the use of alcohol gel and face masks. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro takes virus test after showing symptoms

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Bolsonaro says he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure

COUGHING. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining his supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures to combat the new coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazilian Amazon sees worst June in 13 years for forest fires

Jul 02, 2020 - 1:25 PM

June marks the start of the dry period and there were 2,248 recorded fires, leaving analysts expecting a worse year for the rainforest than the devastating 2019

Handout aerial picture released by Greenpeace showing smoke billowing from fires in the forest in the Amazon biome in the municipality of Altamira, Para State, Brazil, on August 23, 2019. - Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, official data showed on August 24, 2019, amid growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to put out the worst blazes in years. The fires in the world's largest rainforest have triggered a global outcry and are dominating the G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France. (Photo by Victor MORIYAMA / GREENPEACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREENPEACE / VICTOR MORIYAMA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:58 AM

One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders

Unemployment soars in Brazil due to virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Brazil suffers a loss of 7.8 million jobs from March to May 2020, mainly affecting informal workers

SAO PAULO. Long exposition picture of vehicles in motion along 23 de Maio Avenue – one of the most important in Sao Paulo, Brazil – on April 30, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil starts testing Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:19 AM

Known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, it is already being tested in volunteers in Britain, and is due to start being administered this week in South Africa, as well

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A customer's temperature is checked as she enters a shopping mall after it reopened, at Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2020. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Judge orders Brazil's Bolsonaro to wear mask

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:05 AM

A lawyer says the president should be held to account for his 'irresponsible behavior'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. - Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

WHO warns of 'accelerating' pandemic as Brazil reaches 50,000 deaths

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

(UPDATED) Around 100 flights from European countries land at Spain's airports

A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Mauro Pimentel / AFP

WHO warns of virus danger as Brazil cases hit 1 million

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) The measures imposed to halt the spread of the disease have caused crippling economic damage, but the WHO warned against giving in to isolation fatigue

CORONAVIRUS IN BRAZIL A journalist has a sample taken to be tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to work prior to a Carioca Championship 2020 football match between Flamengo and Bangu at the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 18, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Sao Paulo reopens stores, but many have closed for good

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:00 AM

After 3 months with no revenue, many small businesses in Brazil are forced to close for good

A woman walks past an empty store to rent or sell in a comercial area of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 17, 2020. - Sao Paulo is resuming its economic activity, but in some streets of Brazil's largest metropolis a succession of low iron curtains is evidence of the impact of the coronavirus: merchants have closed down. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil cuts interest rate to new low amid virus rout

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Brazil's economy is reeling as the country has become one of the worst flashpoints in the coronavirus pandemic

General view of a commercial street after it reopened, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 10, 2020. - Sao Paulo's municipality authorized the reopening of commercial streets under safety measures such as the use of alcohol gel and face masks. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil now second in virus deaths, as U.S. states see rising caseloads

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Brazil's health ministry records 909 deaths in the past 24 hours, putting the total at 41,828 – meaning the country of 212 million people has surpassed Britain in terms of virus-linked fatalities

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A customer's temperature is checked as she enters a shopping mall after it reopened, at Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil virus deaths top 40,000 as Europe prepares to reopen borders

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:55 AM

The World Health Organization also warns the pandemic is accelerating in Africa

People visit the Loggia dei Lanzi building on Piazza della Signoria in Florence on June 2, 2020, on the eve of the reopening of the Uffizi Gallery Museum to the public, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Brazil resumes publishing virus toll, criticizes WHO

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Brazil's president threatens to quit the World Health Organization over 'ideological bias'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. - Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

Brazil accused of manipulating coronavirus toll

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'Manipulating statistics is a move used by totalitarian regimes,' Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes tweets

GRAVES. Aerial view of coffins being buried at an area where new graves have been dug at the Parque Taruma cemetery, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Michael Dantas/AFP

Brazilians hold rival rallies for and against president

Jun 08, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Demonstrators, many dressed in black and wearing face masks, hold banners saying: 'Terrorism is the government's policy of extermination'

COUGHING. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining his supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures to combat the new coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil court bans raids in Rio favelas during pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:05 PM

A judge says: 'Recent incidents have made the state's armed operations in Rio de Janeiro's communities even more troubling'

KID KILLED. A demonstrator places flowers next to a sign reading 'We will not forget Miguel Otavio Santana Da Silva' in demand of justice for the death of a five-year-old, the son of a black maid who on June 2 fell from a ninth floor. Photo byLeo Malafaia/AFP

Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says U.S. beating pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Bolsonaro criticizes the World Health Organization for suspending clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 – a decision it reversed this week – and threatens to follow in Trump's footsteps by quitting

BOLSONARO'S THREAT. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. File photo by  Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil reports a record 1,349 virus deaths in 24 hours

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Experts say under-testing in the country of 210 million people means the real numbers are probably much higher

A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. - The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. - The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil to test vaccine as Europe emerges from lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:09 AM

WHO says it would resume trials of hydroxychloroquine a week after halting them following a study that suggested the drug could harm COVID-19 patients

SHIELD. A resident of Paraisopolis, one of the city's largest slums, takes part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 18, 2020, to demand more aid from Sao Paulo's state government during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Latin America virus cases top 1 million as UK, Russia ease lockdowns

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:27 PM

(UPDATED) Governments around the world are moving to ease restrictions that have wrecked their economies, even as the number of cases tops 6.1 million and virus deaths exceed 371,000

DISINFECTING. A volunteer disinfects an alley at the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 20, 2020. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil coronavirus toll surges, Pope gives address after 3 months

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:42 AM

'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis

Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 corovavirus pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro rallies supporters as U.S. sends unproven drug

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The crowd chants 'Myth! Myth! Myth!' – echoing the president's dismissal of the virus pandemic

ANGER. A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) argues with an anti-Bolsonaro football fan during a protest against the president, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 31, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

World virus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

May 31, 2020 - 4:28 PM

Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region

PROTEST. A medical doctor on a bicycle takes part in a protest in demand of biosecurity protection supplies to face the new coronavirus pandemic and a wage increase during the government-imposed lockdown, by the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, on May 30, 2020. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

May 31, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Brazil records 498,444 cases of COVID-19, the second highest just behind the United States

COVID-19 DEATHS. A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil GDP shrinks 1.5% in Q1 2020 due to pandemic

May 29, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The 1st quarter drop in Brazil's gross domestic product only reflects the early effects of the coronavirus crisis, with 2nd quarter numbers expected to be much worse

SHOPS CLOSED. An empty popular shopping street in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 24, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil loses 5 million jobs as pandemic slams economy

May 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The unemployment rate in Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, rises to 12.6% in the 1st quarter of 2020

MASKED. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus are seen in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil tops 25,000 coronavirus deaths

May 28, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The country of 210 million people now has a nationwide death toll to 25,598, the sixth-highest in the world

PUBLIC CEMETERY. A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile – WHO

May 27, 2020 - 1:49 PM

With about 730,000 cases and more than 39,500 deaths from COVID-19 reported as of May 25, Latin America outpaces Europe and the United States in the number of daily infections

DISINFECT. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020 a volunteer walks past a mural of the Brazilian flag as he disinfects an area at the Babilonia favela, in Rio de Janeiro.  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO suspension

May 26, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Studies, however, question the drug's safety and efficacy, including a recent study that finds the drugs actually increase the risk of death

PILLS. An employee of a pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Bolsonaro rallies with supporters amid coronavirus surge, takes off mask

May 25, 2020 - 9:38 AM

At one point, Brazil's president even hoists a young boy onto his shoulders

MASK-LESS. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters upon arrival at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 24, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

What coronavirus? Brazil cabinet video triggers outcry

May 24, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro presides over a cabinet meeting littered with obscenities and tirades, but they barely tackle the coronavirus pandemic

UNDER FIRE. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (2nd from R) leaves a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 24, 2020. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP  UNDER FIRE. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (2nd from R) leaves a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 24, 2020. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

South America named virus epicenter as Trump seeks U.S. reopening

May 23, 2020 - 11:14 PM

Brazil leads the surge across South America, its death toll passing 21,000 from 330,000 infections, the third highest caseload of any country in a pandemic that has infected 5.2 million globally and killed more than 338,000

CEMETERY. Aerial view of gravediggers working during the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 22, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

In Brazil, coronavirus hitting young people harder

May 22, 2020 - 1:37 PM

A closer look at the data raises questions about the widely held idea the coronavirus is mainly dangerous for the elderly

PROTEST. Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Bolsonaro bets big on 'right-wing' drug against coronavirus

May 21, 2020 - 9:58 AM

'Right-wingers take chloroquine,' says Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

SNIFF. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil recommends chloroquine to treat even mild coronavirus cases

May 21, 2020 - 12:06 AM

New federal guidelines released by the ministry recommend doctors prescribe the anti-malarial drugs from the onset of symptoms of coronavirus infection, together with the antibiotic azithromycin

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. An employee of a Syrian pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug, used in Syria to prevent or cure COVID-19, on April 28,2020 in the government controlled central city of Homs. File photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Brazil sees record virus deaths as pandemic surges in Latin America

May 20, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Latin America has seen coronavirus infections surge in recent days and now accounts for about 580,000 of the world's nearly 5 million confirmed cases

3RD HIGHEST. A volunteer disinfects an alley at the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 20, 2020. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Virus-hit Brazil lets Cuban doctors resume work

May 19, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Cuban doctors receive new medical licenses from the Brazilian health ministry under a program to round up reinforcements for the overstretched health system

BRAZIL VS THE VIRUS. A resident of Paraisopolis, one of the city's largest slums, takes part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 18, 2020, to demand more aid from Sao Paulo's state government during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil jumps to 3rd in coronavirus cases worldwide

May 19, 2020 - 10:26 AM

With 254,220 confirmed cases, Brazil has now surpassed Britain, Spain, and Italy in the past 72 hours on the list of total infections

GRAVES. Aerial view of coffins being buried at an area where new graves have been dug at the Parque Taruma cemetery, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Michael Dantas/AFP

Brazil's coronavirus death toll tops 15,000 – official figures

May 17, 2020 - 8:09 AM

(UPDATED) The sprawling South American country registers 816 deaths and 14,919 new cases in the past 24 hours

GRAVES. A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against COVID-19 walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Brazil health minister resigns amid coronavirus crisis

May 16, 2020 - 12:23 AM

Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich and President Jair Bolsonaro reportedly disagree over using chloroquine to treat the new coronavirus

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2020 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) embraces his new Health Minister Nelson Teich – in replacement of Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who had several disagreements with Bolsonaro in conducting the fight against the COVID-19 – during his taking in ceremony at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa /AFP

In Brazil, gyms and hair salons are 'essential' businesses

May 12, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Brazil's far-right president believes that quarantine measures are ruinous for the economy and has dismissed the novel coronavirus as nothing more than a 'weak case of the flu'

MASKED. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus are seen in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil tops 10,000 deaths from COVID-19

May 10, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Brazil now has 155,939 confirmed cases as of May 9, 2020

COVID-19 DEATHS. A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 9, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

With attention on virus, Amazon deforestation surges

May 09, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The numbers raise new questions about how well Brazil is protecting its share of the world's biggest rainforest under President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate change skeptic who advocates opening protected lands to mining and farming

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com

Brazil risks 'economic collapse' over virus lockdown – minister

May 08, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Brazilian Economy Minister Paulo Guedes warns of 'economic collapse' and 'social disorder' in 'about 30 days' if coronavirus lockdown measures persist

Long exposition picture of vehicles in motion along 23 de Maio Avenue -one of the most important in the city- in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 30, 2020, amid to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. - Since the isolation rate in Sao Paulo has been around 48%, when the ideal would have been 70%, Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas announced isolation measures will be hardened next week, including the blocking of important avenues. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil presidential spokesman tests positive for coronavirus

May 07, 2020 - 11:10 AM

More than 20 top Bolsonaro officials have tested positive for the virus. Bolsonaro himself says he tested negative.

POSITIVE. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2019 Brazilian Presidency's spokesman Otavio Rego Barros speaks during a ceremony. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Hit by virus, Brazil cuts interest rate to record low

May 07, 2020 - 7:15 AM

'The current economic environment demands extraordinarily strong monetary stimulus,' says Brazil's central bank

SHOPS CLOSED. An empty popular shopping street in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 24, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Bolsonaro tells rally Brazil lockdown destroying jobs

May 04, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Jair Bolsonaro blames state governors for continuing a lockdown in a speech outside his presidential palace in Brasilia

JAIR BOLSONARO. In this file picture taken on April 24, 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives for a press conference in Brasilia, on April 24, 2020. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP