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Brazil confirms 3rd omicron case, considers new measures

Dec. 01, 2021 13:55 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Health officials on Wednesday confirmed Brazil's third known case of the omicron coronavirus variant as officials examined possible new measures to contain the virus, such as requiring proof of vaccination or even possibly scrapping Carnival celebrations if conditions...

Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant

Nov. 30, 2021 19:22 PM EST

Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm. The Netherlands' RIVM health...

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot. Speaking to kids and parents at Kimball Elementary...

Brazil sees 2 confirmed omicron cases, Latin America's 1st

Nov. 30, 2021 17:41 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Health officials in Brazil have reported the country's first confirmed cases of the omicron variant in two travelers arriving from South Africa, the first such cases in Latin America. The Sao Paulo state health secretariat said a 41-year-old man and a...

Health authorities in Brazil report 2 confirmed cases on omicron variant; 1st in Latin America

Nov. 30, 2021 16:22 PM EST
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Health authorities in Brazil report 2 confirmed cases on omicron variant; 1st in Latin America.

Brazil president joins centrist party with election ahead

Nov. 30, 2021 11:45 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro officially joined the centrist Liberal Party on Tuesday, a key political deal in his quest for reelection in 2022. After two years without a political party, Bolsonaro decided to join one of the parties in the...

Big flotilla of illegal gold miners splits up in Brazil

Nov. 26, 2021 18:35 PM EST

ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon on Friday, and researchers said they posed a threat of pollution — including toxic mercury — for the broader environment. ...

Former Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to jail for corruption

Nov. 26, 2021 10:51 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public...

Brazilian mayors torn between Carnival and pandemic safety

Nov. 25, 2021 13:43 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayors across Brazil are divided on whether to maintain end of year festivities and February’s Carnival, traditionally celebrated lavishly in all four corners of the vast nation, with some fearing that now-low COVID-19 infection rates could roar back. ...

Brazilians find stock exchange bull unbearable, remove it

Nov. 24, 2021 15:35 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Many Brazilians felt bearish about the new Wall Street-inspired bull sculpture outside the stock exchange, and didn’t have to wait long for it to crash: The statue has been removed a week after it was installed. Sao Paulo's stock exchange had hoped to...