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Cemetery workers in protective clothing maneuver the coffin of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 5, 2020. According to Monique dos Santos, her stepfather mocked the existence of the virus, didn't use a mask, didn't take care of himself, and wanted to shake hands with everybody.

Brazil govt yanks virus death toll as data befuddles experts

Jun. 7, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordinary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America's largest nation. The Saturday move came after months of criticism from experts...

Lucia and her dog Jujuba sit at Arpoador beach, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Rio, the city with the second-most cases after Sao Paulo, is beginning to gradually relax restrictions on Tuesday, only allowing people to exercise on the beachfront sidewalk and practice individual activities in the sea. No one is allowed on the sand. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Experts watch as Rio de Janeiro economy starts to reopen

Jun. 2, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro, one of the cities worst hit by COVID-19 in Brazil, slowly started to reopen on Tuesday, more than two months after non-essential businesses were forced to shut down in order to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. As of June 1, Rio had more than 30,000 confirmed...

Pedestrians and commuters wearing face masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic crowd a sidewalk near a bus stop in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 1, 2020. After two and a half months of COVID-19 related quarantine, some industries are allowed to reactivate under a scheme of five days' work and 10 days rest. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

Jun. 1, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis...

People protest against crimes committed by the police against black people in the favelas, outside the Rio de Janeiro's state government, Brazil, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The protest, called

World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London

May. 31, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nations around the world have watched in horror at the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. Racism-tinged events no longer startle even...

Police clash with anti-government demonstrators in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Police used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in Brazil's largest city as they began to clash with small groups loyal to President Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Police disperse anti-Bolsonaro protesters in Brazil

May. 31, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police say they used tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Brazil's largest city on Sunday as groups protesting and supporting President Jair Bolsonaro neared a clash. The demonstration by several hundred black-clad members of football fan groups in Sao Paulo appeared to...

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Erica da Conceicao and Joao Blank ride in the back seat of a car for a drive-thru wedding at the registry office in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, May 28, 2020. A Brazilian notary public hovering outside the car presided over Thursday's ceremony. The drive-thru marriage wasn’t the romantic vision the Blanks had imagined, but it is one of few possibilities in the era of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazilians say 'I do' at drive-thru weddings to avoid virus

May. 29, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For João Blank and Erica Blank’s first kiss as husband and wife, they didn’t lock lips. The couple could only press their face masks together while sitting in the back of a hatchback, where they had just been wed. A Brazilian notary public hovering outside the car...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019 file photo, Krimej indigenous Chief Kadjyre Kayapo, of the Kayapo indigenous community, looks out at a path created by loggers on the border between the Biological Reserve Serra do Cachimbo, front, and Menkragnotire indigenous lands, in Altamira, Para state, Brazil. As the coronavirus spreads into indigenous lands, killing at least 40 people so far by the government's count, the first two COVID-19 deaths were registered the last week of May 2020 in the Kayapo indigenous group, which has reported a total of 22 virus cases. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Indigenous leader calls for help in Brazil's biggest reserve

May. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads into indigenous lands in Brazil, killing at least 40 people so far by the government's count, the first two COVID-19 deaths were registered this week in the Xingu area, one of the biggest reserves in the world. The two fatalities were in the Kayapo...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his face mask as he speaks to supporters while departing his official residence, Alvorada palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil police search Bolsonaro allies in fake news probe

May. 27, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread defamatory fake news and threats against Supreme Court justices. The judicial orders targeted allies and...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, a man rides a bicycle in front of the government house during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even amid a global pandemic, there’s no sign that corruption is slowing down in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of possibly fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and medical supplies proliferate. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Spread of coronavirus fuels corruption in Latin America

May. 27, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Even in a pandemic, there's no slowdown for swindlers in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and other medical supplies pile up. The thefts are driven by price-gouging from...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...