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Brazil leads daily virus deaths for fifth straight day

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil reported the highest daily COVID-19 death toll in the world Tuesday with 1,039 people killed, the fifth straight day the country has topped the list.

Bolsonaro follows Trump on virus, and then some

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is often compared to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, has followed in his footsteps on the coronavirus crisis -- and gone even further.

Rio governor's residence raided in virus graft probe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police raided the Rio de Janeiro state governor's official residence Tuesday as part of an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds to build field hospitals for coronavirus patients.

Top Brazil media end coverage of presidential doorstop

Bras - Two of Brazil's top media groups said Monday they were suspending coverage of President Jair Bolsonaro's informal news conferences outside the presidential palace because of harassment by his supporters and a lack of security.

Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO

Bras - Brazil's health ministry said Monday it would not change its recommendation to treat coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organization deciding to suspend trials of the drug over safety concerns.

What coronavirus? Brazil cabinet video triggers outcry

Rio De Janeiro - On April 22, Brazil was fast becoming a new coronavirus flashpoint, but President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet barely mentioned the pandemic in a video-taped meeting that has triggered outrage and fueled a potentially explosive investigation.

Brazil surges to second in coronavirus cases worldwide

Bras - Brazil overtook Russia Friday as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States, as the Americas emerged as a new epicenter of the pandemic.

Bolsonaro rocked by release of expletive-laced video

Bras - Brazilians got a shocking look Friday at an expletive-laced meeting between President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet when a Supreme Court judge released a video at the center of an investigation targeting the far-right leader.

South America 'a new epicentre' of COVID-19: WHO

Geneva - South America has become "a new epicentre" of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections."In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease.

In Brazil, COVID-19 hitting young people harder

Rio De Janeiro - More young people are dying of COVID-19 in Brazil than other countries, a trend driven partly by demographics -- the overall population is younger -- but also by poverty and the need to work.

Brazil passes 20,000 virus deaths after record 24-hour toll

Rio De Janeiro - The novel coronavirus death toll in Brazil surpassed 20,000 on Thursday, after a record number of fatalities in a 24-hour period, the health ministry said.

Brazil's biggest cemetery races to keep up with virus

S - The day after Brazil registered a record 1,179 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, Sao Paulo grave digger Moises Francisco notched a bleak milestone of his own.

A world redrawn: virus a 'genocide' threat for Amazon, warns Salgado

Paris - Legendary photographer Sebastiao Salgado has warned of a "genocide" of the Amazon's indigenous peoples if the Brazilian government does not do more to protect them from the coronavirus.

Brazil recommends chloroquine to treat even mild COVID-19 cases

Bras - Brazil's health ministry recommended Wednesday using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19, treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite a lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness.

British supermarkets threaten Brazil boycott over Amazon land law

London - Leading British supermarket chains have warned Brazil they may be forced to boycott its goods if lawmakers in the South American country pass a bill that would "encourage further land grabbing" in the Amazon.

Brazil surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil registered 1,179 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Tuesday, as the pandemic exacted its worst daily toll yet in the hardest-hit Latin American country.

Virus-hit Brazil lets Cuban doctors resume work

Bras - Brazil re-enlisted more than 150 Cuban doctors Monday to help fight a surge in coronavirus cases, a year and a half after Havana ended a medical assistance program over a row with President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil jumps to third in COVID-19 cases worldwide

S - Brazil has the third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases in the world, according to official figures released Monday, a troubling surge for a country struggling to respond to the pandemic.

Coronavirus infects 38 indigenous groups in Brazil

S - The coronavirus pandemic has hit 38 indigenous groups in Brazil, raising fears for populations that have a history of being decimated by outside diseases, the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples' Association (APIB) said Friday.

LATAM Airlines says cutting 1,400 jobs in South America

Santiago - LATAM Airlines said Friday it would lay off 1,400 employees in South America, blaming a drastic slump in business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil health minister resigns amid coronavirus crisis

Bras - Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich resigned Friday after less than a month on the job over what an official said was "incompatibility" with President Jair Bolsonaro's approach to fighting the country's spiraling coronavirus crisis.

Brazil health minister resigns amid coronavirus crisis

Bras - Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich resigned Friday after less than a month on the job over what an official said was "incompatibility" with President Jair Bolsonaro's approach to fighting the country's spiralling coronavirus crisis.

Lula fears 'genocide' in Brazil under Bolsonaro

S - Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he fears a "genocide" in Brazil because of fierce opposition to coronavirus containment measures by current President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he said should be impeached.

Brazil's Bolsonaro denies blocking police probe

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denied Tuesday he had top police officials fired to shield his family from investigations, as potentially damning revelations continued to fly in a case that has hurt the far-right leader.

Coronavirus was in Brazil before carnival: study

Rio De Janeiro - The new coronavirus was circulating in Brazil in early February, weeks earlier than initially detected, and just before millions of people were partying in the streets for carnival, according to a new study.

Pandemic politics costing lives in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro keeps saying coronavirus fears are overblown. Other officials at the federal, state and local levels insist the danger is all too real.

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

S - In Brazil, exercising at the gym and getting a haircut are essential activities -- so says President Jair Bolsonaro, who claims that COVID-19 is just a weak case of flu.

Brazil tops 10,000 deaths from COVID-19

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, has surpassed 10,000 deaths, according to figures released Saturday by the Ministry of Health.

With attention on virus, Amazon deforestation surges

Rio De Janeiro - It has not gotten much attention with the world focused on coronavirus, but deforestation has surged in the Amazon rainforest this year, raising fears of a repeat of last year's record-breaking devastation -- or worse.

Sao Paulo extends stay-at-home, ignoring Bolsonaro

S - The governor of Sao Paulo, the Brazilian state at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America, said Friday he was extending stay-at-home measures until May 31, ignoring opposition from far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
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