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In Brazil's Manaus, young people step up as Covid bites

Manaus - Haylena Barbosa, a 22-year-old Brazilian, has put her old life on hold to help ease the pain and logistical challenges wrought by a devastating second wave of Covid-19 in her home city of Manaus in the Amazon.

Rio scraps 2021 carnival over coronavirus woes

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro will not host its famous carnival this year due to a deadly revival of the coronavirus epidemic in Brazil, the city's mayor Eduardo Paes has announced.

Brazilian singer's YouTube hit joins virus fight

S - Singer MC Fioti, the first Brazilian to garner 1.5 billion views on YouTube, has re-cast the tune from that video -- to try to go viral against Covid.

Bolsonaro's son ordered to pay damages to journalist

Bras - A Brazilian court on Thursday ordered the lawmaker son of President Jair Bolsonaro to pay damages to a journalist after claiming she had "tried to seduce" a source to obtain compromising information about the far-right leader.

Brazil keeps 2 pct interest rate despite rising inflation

Bras - Brazil's central bank on Wednesday held the country's benchmark interest rate at two percent, concerned that the second wave of Covid-19 infections means the economy still may need a boost despite a rise in inflation.

Frustrated Amazon villagers tackle Covid with faith, potions

Reden - Remote Amazon village communities, feeling abandoned by the state, are turning to religion and traditional remedies for protection in the coronavirus pandemic.

Desperate search for oxygen in Brazil's crisis-hit Manaus

Manaus - In Manaus in the north of Brazil, residents can no longer rely on the state to treat loved ones suffering from Covid-19.

Brazil brings forward vaccine campaign as pressure builds

S - Brazil rolled out a nationwide vaccination campaign Monday, bringing it forward two days in response to growing impatience as the country battles a devastating second wave of Covid-19.

Brazil starts vaccination campaign two days early

S - Authorities in Brazil, hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, will roll out a nationwide vaccination campaign Monday, two days earlier than announced.

No more beds: Brazil's Amazonas state transfers Covid patients

Manaus - Facing the imminent collapse of its health system, Amazonas state in northern Brazil started transferring coronavirus patients to other regions Friday as hospitals run out of beds and oxygen.

Northern Brazilian state declares curfew over virus

S - Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Thursday announced a 10-day curfew to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as cases soar and hospitals run out of beds and oxygen.Authorities warned of a dire situation across the vast state.

Brazil's Bolsonaro increasingly isolated as Trump leaves

Bras - When Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil's president in January 2019 he nurtured relationships with other like-minded, far-right governments, but as the political tide turns he now finds himself and his country increasingly isolated.

Brazil, Bolivia get AstraZeneca Covid jabs from India

Bras - Amid the global scramble for coronavirus vaccines, Brazil said Wednesday it would import two million doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield jab from India.

Improvised fight to save the sick at home in virus-hit Brazil

Manaus - "I believed she was going to die in my arms," recounts Marcos Fonseca Barbosa, a doctor forced to improvise home treatment for his Covid-sick mother in Brazil, where hospital beds have become scarce.

Ford to close all its factories in Brazil 

S - Carmaker Ford said Monday losses exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic would see it close its three factories in Brazil, where it has operated for a century, terminating some 5,000 jobs.

Bolsonaro's son changes Twitter profile picture to Trump

Bras - The lawmaker son of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Donald Trump to protest the platform's decision to ban the US president.

Sinovac, AstraZeneca seek vaccine approval in Brazil

S - The manufacturers of two Covid-19 vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac and Oxford-AstraZeneca filed the first applications Friday for regulatory approval in hard-hit Brazil, officials said.

Covid surges dim hopes for speedy end to pandemic

Rio De Janeiro - The United States reported a daily record of Covid-19 deaths and Brazil's toll passed the bleak milestone of 200,000 Thursday as new surges of the coronavirus dimmed hopes for respite from the pandemic anytime soon.

Grim start to 2021 for Brazil with 200,000 Covid deaths

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Covid-19 death toll passed 200,000 Thursday amid a surging second wave, dousing optimism that 2021 will bring respite anytime soon for a country whose government's erratic handling of the pandemic has drawn scathing criticism.

Chinese vaccine 78% effective in Brazil tests: officials

S - Chinese-developed Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac showed at least 78-percent effectiveness in final-stage clinical trials in Brazil, officials announced Thursday, saying they would apply for emergency approval from the Brazilian regulatory agency to begin a...
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