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Brazil's daily deaths from COVID pass 4,000 for first time

Apr. 09, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil reported a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000 for the first time Tuesday, becoming the second nation to go above that daily threshold. Many governors, mayors and judges are reopening parts of the economy despite lingering chaos in...

Brazil top court orders probe of Bolsonaro's pandemic steps

Apr. 08, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered the Senate on Thursday to investigate the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and the full court ruled that churches can be barred from reopening during the pandemic, threatening to further strain tensions between...

Brazil's government celebrates military coup anniversary

Mar. 31, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Key members of Brazil's government on Wednesday celebrated the anniversary of the country's 1964 military coup, which launched a 21-year dictatorship that saw hundreds of people killed and thousands tortured. President Jair Bolsonaro, a former army...

Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support

Mar. 30, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The leaders of all three branches of Brazil’s armed forces jointly resigned Tuesday following President Jair Bolsonaro's replacement of the defense minister, causing widespread apprehension of a military shakeup to serve the president's political interests. ...

Many Brazilians disregard the pleas to stay at home

Mar. 28, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro begged the population to stay home, but thousands of Brazilians are traveling to coastal cities and ignoring recommendations on the first weekend of a 10-day holiday period decreed to contain the increase in COVID-19...

In Brazil, moms are bearing the brunt of pandemic's blow

Mar. 28, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Sao Paulo city officials put out a call last month for 4,500 public school cleaning jobs, targeting Brazilian mothers affected by the raging pandemic, they were unprepared for the ensuing tsunami. More than 90,000 women applied in just two days. ...

As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil

Mar. 27, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil currently accounts for one-quarter of the entire world’s daily COVID-19 deaths, far more than any other single nation, and health experts are warning that the nation is on the verge of even greater calamity. The nation’s seven-day...

Sao Paulo governor seeks tests of 1st Brazilian COVID-19 jab

Mar. 26, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The governor of Sao Paulo said on Friday he will seek federal approval for phase 1 and 2 trials of Brazil’s first homemade COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Gov. João Doria said in a press conference his state’s Butantan Institute has concluded promising...

Brazil's Bolsonaro names 4th health minister during pandemic

Mar. 18, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — With COVID-19 still raging in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro picked his fourth health minister since the pandemic began, this time the head of the country’s cardiology society who in the past has spoken favorably of the country’s conservative leader. ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro moves to arm base, alarming gun experts

Mar. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Katia Sastre was walking her 7-year-old to class in Suzano, a violent city near Sao Paulo, when she saw a young man draw a pistol on other parents standing by the school's front door. Within seconds, she pulled the .38 special she carried in her purse....