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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

President's 'So what?' as 5,000 die sparks fury in Brazil

May 02, 2020 - 10:19 AM

There are more than 91,000 officially confirmed cases of coronavirus in Brazil

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. 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. Sergio LIMA / AFP

Bolsonaro says WHO encourages kids to be gay, masturbate

May 01, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Sometimes called the 'Tropical Trump,' Bolsonaro, like his US counterpart, is an avid social media user, firing up his core supporters on Facebook and Twitter

GRIMACE. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project on August 29, 2019.  Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil passes 5,000 deaths from coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:46 PM

Brazil's health ministry says the death toll could be higher than Tuesday's official figure of 5,107, as the cause of 1,156 further deaths are under investigation

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (2-R) leaves a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 24, 2020. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil judge orders probe into accusations against Bolsonaro

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:56 PM

In his decision, Judge Celso de Mello gives the federal police 60 days to question ex-justice and security minister Sergio Moro about his allegations against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

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

Brazilian city of Manaus fighting 'horror movie' pandemic conditions

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Amazonas has more indigenous people than any other state in Brazil, and they are vulnerable to diseases brought in from outside because their immune systems have not been exposed to them

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 Bolsonaro joins demo against stay-at-home orders

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Brazil, with a population of more than 200 million, has the most COVID-19 cases in Latin America – more than 38,000 as of Sunday, with more than 2,400 deaths

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 health minister sacked amid virus crisis

Apr 17, 2020 - 2:07 PM

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta favors isolation as a tool to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the threat of which Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro repeatedly claims is overblown

Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta gestures upon arrival for a press conference in Brasilia on April 16, 2020. Mandetta said he had been sacked by President Jair Bolsonaro, after weeks of clashes between the two over the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. EVARISTO SA / AFP

Resigned, fired: Health officials in other countries leave posts during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) A health minister goes out for a walk at the beach despite lockdown restrictions. Another collapses during a session with parliament. Who else are stepping down in the face of the pandemic?

Boy from isolated Amazon tribe dies after being infected with coronavirus

Apr 11, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The 15-year-old boy dies due to severe respiratory complications

CORONAVIRUS. Brazil says coronavirus has reached Yanomami people. AFP file photo

Brazil minister wants talks with narcos on coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta says the government has to be realistic about who holds power in many neighborhoods

AID. People wait to get donations of basic food supplies distributed by an NGO to people suffering during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 7, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Coronavirus reaches Yanomami people in Amazon

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Brazil has now confirmed at least 7 coronavirus cases among the indigenous population

CORONAVIRUS. Brazil says coronavirus has reached Yanomami people. AFP file photo

Brazil reports first indigenous coronavirus case

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Indigenous peoples in the Amazon are particularly vulnerable to imported diseases

SILHOUETTES. Members of the Kayapo tribe perform a ceremonial after a speech by their indigenous leader Cacique Raoni Metuktire, in Piaracu village, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, on January 17, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Anti-quarantine Bolsonaro isolates himself politically

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:12 AM

'We have to face this virus, but face it like a man, dammit, not a boy. We have to face it with reality. That's life. We're all going to die someday,' Bolsonaro says

UNPOPULAR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Twitter removes 2 Bolsonaro tweets questioning virus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Twitter says it had recently expanded its global rules on managing content that contradicted public health information from official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. 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. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil taps $8 billion for small businesses hit by coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Small and medium-sized businesses in Brazil will be able to take out loans at 3.75% interest – well below the market rate of around 20%

Picture of an empty popular shopping street in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, taken after the city government decreed the closure of shops and stores as a precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, on March 24, 2020. - Latin America's biggest city, the traffic-clogged concrete jungle of Sao Paulo, slowed to an eerily quiet lull Tuesday as it went into partial quarantine in a bid to stop the new coronavirus from ravaging Brazil. (Photo by Nelson ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro slams 'scorched-earth' virus quarantines

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Brazil's president calls the new coronavirus a 'little flu' that has provoked an 'overblown' reaction

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. 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. Sergio LIMA / AFP

Bolivia postpones election, Chile records 1st virus death

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Chile suffers its first death from the virus as Latin American countries step up measures to fight the deadly disease

PRECAUTION. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Latin American countries continue to ramp up measures to contain the virus outbreak with deaths from the COVID-19 disease jumping to 33 and total cases soaring to over 3,000

BOLIVIA AND THE CORONAVIRUS. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Brazil confirms first coronavirus death

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:50 PM

Brazil's first coronavirus victim was a 62-year-old man with underlying health conditions who died Monday in Sao Paulo, authorities say

1ST CORONAVIRUS DEATH. 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.  Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Surprise end to Trump-Bolsonaro visit: a coronavirus cluster

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:02 AM

At least 6 people involved have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus

BOLSONARO AND TRUMP. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Don Emmert/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:54 PM

The test result comes after media reports earlier said that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus and was awaiting the results of a second test to confirm

NEGATIVE. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

12-year-old bookworm launches own favela library in Brazil

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:17 PM

Lua Oliveira opens her own 'Lua's World,' a cozy library of 18,000 books at a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian who met Trump tests positive for COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:16 AM

Donald Trump says he is unconcerned, and downplays his contact with 'the press aide,' apparently referring to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's communications chief Fabio Wajngarten

'MAKE BRAZIL GREAT AGAIN.' Fabio Wajngarten posts a photo of him with US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Instagram. Photo from Instagram.com/fabiowajngarten

Brazil recalls 'all' diplomats, officials in Venezuela

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:14 AM

It's the latest hardening of relations between Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the government of radical leftist Maduro that he has branded a 'dictatorship'

JAIR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a ceremony to pass the Economic Freedom Act at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

21 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The victims were electrocuted, buried in landslides, or drowned, emergency officials say

UPSIDE DOWN. Cars are stuck in the water and mud, after heavy rains during the weekend in Realengo neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

To 11 million Brazilians, the Earth is flat

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Brazil is a country currently swept up in the post-truth era and the anti-intellectual, climate-change-skeptic worldview embodied by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

SUNSET. Worshippers take part in the traditional ceremony of Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda at the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on February 2, 2020. Photo by Rafael Martins/AFP

Brazil confirms Latin America's 1st coronavirus case

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Another 20 cases are under investigation

FIRST IN LATIN AMERICA. Passengers, wearing masks as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus, travel through Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 26, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP