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Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet

Bras - China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent.

Bolsonaro's disapproval rating rises amid virus havoc

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's disapproval rating has surged as the far-right leader has taken a vocal stance against coronavirus containment measures, two polls out Friday found.

Brazil health minister has big job, difficult boss

Bras - As if leading his country's fight against coronavirus wasn't hard enough, Brazil's health minister has to deal with a boss, President Jair Bolsonaro, who criticizes, undermines and ignores him.

Latin America's biggest cemetery braces for impact

S - The biggest cemetery in Latin America, a seemingly endless stretch of graves on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, is adapting to the new funeral rites of our times: six-minute burials, no wakes, no hugs.And it is bracing for things to get a lot worse.

Bolsonaro takes down virus shortage video after uproar

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posted a video online Wednesday of a market supposedly hit by shortages caused by coronavirus -- but apologized hours later after journalists found the same market to be well-stocked.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Carauari - Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Anti-quarantine Bolsonaro isolates himself politically

Bras - A new meme on Brazilian social networks shows a dinosaur looking at the meteorite that is about to annihilate his kind and complaining, "God dammit, this is going to be bad for the economy!

Facebook and Instagram remove Bolsonaro video questioning virus quarantine

Bras - Facebook and Instagram removed videos of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Monday, saying they spread misinformation about the coronavirus, a day after Twitter did the same.

Twitter removes two Bolsonaro tweets questioning virus quarantine

S - Two tweets by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro in which he questioned quarantine measures aimed at containing the novel coronavirus were removed Sunday, on the grounds that they violated the social network's rules.

Brazil court orders government to stop advising against virus isolation

S - A federal court in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday banned the government from disseminating propaganda against confinement measures aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil's Bolsonaro 'washing hands' of coronavirus: governor

S - The leader at the epicenter of Brazil's COVID-19 battle says President Jair Bolsonaro is "washing his hands" of the new coronavirus, and he doesn't mean that in the "Safe Hands Challenge" kind of way.

Brazil's Bolsonaro exempts churches from quarantine

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro decreed Thursday that places of worship are "essential services" that must be exempted from coronavirus confinement orders, the far-right leader's latest jab at aggressive containment measures.

Bolsonaro triggers backlash for downplaying coronavirus

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro drew blistering criticism from the medical community and opponents Wednesday for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, but renewed his attacks on containment measures to slow its spread.

'Stay home,' impossible advice for Rio's homeless

Rio De Janeiro - Stay home, wash hands -- the rules of the coronavirus pandemic sound simple enough. But not for people who don't have homes, on the streets in places like Rio de Janeiro.

Quarantine stills concrete jungle of Sao Paulo

S - 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.

Coronavirus: Rio's favelas prepare for the worst

Rio De Janeiro - Disadvantaged by poverty, unsanitary housing and poor to non-existent health services, the people of Rio de Janeiro's teeming favelas are preparing for the worst when the coronavirus takes a grip on Brazil.

Rio street vendors suffer as beaches close

Rio De Janeiro - Street vendor Jorge Martins plods the fine sand of Ipanema as he tries to sell the last of his caipirinha cocktails to tourists before Rio de Janeiro's beaches shut down against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus fear now reaches deep into Amazon, too

Carauari - Located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, a week's trip upriver by boat, Carauari is not a place that's easy to reach.But the spreading global panic over the coronavirus pandemic has arrived.

Paralysis for Latin America with Argentine lockdown, Rio beach closures

Bras - Brazil on Thursday announced it was closing land borders and prohibiting entry to people from European and many Pacific Asian countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as Mexico and Peru reported their first virus deaths.

Bolsonaro son accuses China over coronavirus

Rio De Janeiro - The son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has joined US President Donald Trump in criticizing China over the spread of the coronavirus, prompting demands from Beijing for an apology.
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