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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro carnival parades postponed to April due to Covid-19

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Brazilian authorities said on Friday that carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo scheduled for late February are postponed to April due to the new wave of Covid-19 infections. In full progress of the Omicron variant, Brazil broke its daily record for infections with nearly 200,000 cases.

Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, scheduled for late February, have been postponed until April due to the new wave of Covid-19 infections, authorities said on Friday. “The town halls of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have decided to postpone the parades of the samba schools” for the end of April, “due to the current situation of the pandemic in Brazil and the need to preserve lives”, have announced in a press release the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities.

Daily contamination records

The decision to postpone the Rio sambadrome parades which attract tourists from all over the world as well as those from Sao Paulo, was announced after a virtual meeting between the mayors, their health secretaries and representatives of samba schools from the two states. . In full progress of the Omicron variant and after the end of the year holidays, Brazil broke its daily record for infections this week with 204,854 new cases recorded in one day and already has more than 622,000 deaths.

The street carnival in both cities had already been canceled earlier this month due to the health situation. Brazil has vaccinated nearly 70% of its 213 million people with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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