In Fight Over Brazil Leader’s Virus Test, Crisis Looms

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he twice tested negative for the coronavirus but many, including a federal judge, are demanding he share the actual results. Still, the leader has refused.

  • May 5, 2020
  • 9:26 AM

Inmates Riot at Brazil Prison Over No Visits Amid Pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rioting inmates at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas held seven guards hostage for several hours Saturday, protesting against the suspension of all visits in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.

  • May 2, 2020
  • 9:16 PM

Virus Surge in Brazil Brings a Coffin Shortage, Morgue Chaos

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In Brazil’s bustling Amazon city of Manaus, so many people have died within days in the coronavirus pandemic that coffins had to be stacked on top of each other in long, hastily dug trenches in a city cemetery. Some despairing relatives reluctantly chose cremation for loved ones to avoid burying them in those common graves.

  • May 1, 2020
  • 5:59 PM

Under Pressure, Brazil’s Bolsonaro Revokes Police Nomination

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro yielded Wednesday to growing criticism around his nomination of a new federal police chief seen as too close to his family, revoking the controversial appointment just hours after it was temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court.

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • 4:02 PM

Bolsonaro’s Latest Crisis Threatens Brazil’s Virus Response

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As Brazil careens toward a full-blown public health emergency and economic meltdown, President Jair Bolsonaro has managed to add a third ingredient to the toxic mix: political crisis. Even if it doesn’t speed his downfall, it will render Brazilians more vulnerable to the pandemic.

  • Apr 28, 2020
  • 5:21 PM

COVID-19, Isolated Indigenous Peoples and the History of the Amazon

The current situation of a global pandemic invites reconsideration of similar situations that happened in the past, such as the great plague in Europe in the 14th century, or the successive and devastating influenza and measles epidemics (amongst others) which decimated indigenous populations in the post-Columbian era in Latin America, and especially in the Amazon.

  • Apr 28, 2020
  • 5:05 PM

Is Brazil the Next Big Hot Spot as Other Nations Ease Up?

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is emerging as potentially the next big hot spot for the coronavirus amid President Jair Bolsonaro’s insistence that it is just a “little flu” and that there is no need for the sharp restrictions that have slowed the infection’s spread in Europe and the U.S.

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • 3:46 PM

Brazil Becoming Coronavirus Hot Spot as Testing Falters

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Cases of the new coronavirus are overwhelming hospitals, morgues and cemeteries across Brazil as Latin America’s largest nation veers closer to becoming one of the world’s pandemic hot spots.

  • Apr 25, 2020
  • 10:15 AM

Guaraní Mbyá Win Reprieve From Deforestation

Around 620 indigenous people live in this UNESCO-recognized biome, spread out in six different villages in a five-acre territory. They continue to struggle to maintain their language, traditions and rituals.

  • Apr 23, 2020
  • 4:37 PM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Seeks End to Social Isolation Measures

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Four days after firing his health minister amid the coronavirus pandemic, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday he wants social isolation policies to end nationwide this week despite commitments by many states to maintain such policies.

  • Apr 21, 2020
  • 12:07 PM

Virus Crisis Ravages Brazilian Amazon City’s Health System

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After more than a week suffering a cough and fever —potential signs of COVID-19— Maria do Espírito Santo went to a hospital in Manaus, Brazil’s biggest city in the Amazon rain forest. There were no beds available, just a plastic chair, so her family took her home.

  • Apr 20, 2020
  • 3:33 PM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Appears in Protest Backing Military

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came out in public to support a small protest Sunday that defended military intervention, prompting strong criticism across the political spectrum while also infringing his own ministry’s recommendation to maintain social distancing.

  • Apr 20, 2020
  • 10:32 AM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Takes Risk With New Minister for Pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made it clear on Friday that he wants his new health minister to help protect the country’s economy as the government seeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

  • Apr 17, 2020
  • 3:31 PM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Fires Health Minister After Virus Dispute

IO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro fired his health minister on Thursday after a series of disagreements over government efforts to contain the new coronavirus. “I just heard from the President Jair Bolsonaro the news of my dismissal from the health ministry,” Luiz Henrique Mandetta posted on his verified Twitter profile, adding that he wished success to his replacement, who is yet to be named officially. He confirmed the announcement in a press conference later.

  • Apr 16, 2020
  • 5:21 PM

AP Interview: Governor Says Brazil Has ‘Bolsonaro-virus’

SÃO PAULO (AP) — After a heated confrontation with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro last month over his lackadaisical approach to the coronavirus, governors in the South American country have since pulled back, wary of losing vital federal aid in the efforts to control COVID-19.

  • Apr 16, 2020
  • 12:35 AM

Brazil Teen’s Death Raises Virus Alert for Indigenous Groups

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A teenager from the Yanomami indigenous tribe has been killed by the new coronavirus in Brazil, the Health Ministry said Friday, raising alarm about the spread of the virus into protected lands.

  • Apr 11, 2020
  • 1:33 PM

Virus Closes Rio’s Copacabana Palace for First Time Ever

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s stately Copacabana Palace hotel will close its doors Friday for the first time since its inauguration 96 years ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Apr 9, 2020
  • 6:42 PM

AP Interview: ‘Lula’ Says Bolsonaro a Disaster Amid Pandemic

SÃO PAULO (AP) — In home isolation just months after his release from jail, Brazil’s former leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Wednesday that President Jair Bolsonaro needs to change his dismissive approach to the new coronavirus or risk being forced from office before the end of his term in December 2022.

  • Apr 8, 2020
  • 6:18 PM

Brazil Lacks Coronavirus Tests, Other Equipment, Report Says

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health officials grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak have issued a stark warning about a lack of hospital beds, masks, testing devices and trained staff across Latin America’s largest nation.

  • Apr 5, 2020
  • 10:56 AM

Facebook Joins Resistance to Bolsonaro Virus Claims

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Major social media companies are taking aim at Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissal of social distancing, joining others in the country who have lined up against his controversial stance regarding the new coronavirus.

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • 8:45 PM

Brazilian Pews Become Trenches in Fight Against Quarantine

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like every Sunday, Brazilian Pastor Silas Malafaia took the stage of his Pentecostal temple in a middle-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. But this week, he wore a T-shirt instead of a blazer and, behind the three cameras broadcasting to his legion of YouTube followers, were thousands of empty seats.

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • 12:43 PM

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