Concealing Virus Is Latest Bolsonaro Effort to Shore Up Base

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the coronavirus claims tens of thousands of lives in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro is focused on ensuring his political survival and mobilizing his far-right supporters to do so.

  • Jun 9, 2020
  • 10:21 AM

In Brazil’s Raging Pandemic, Domestic Workers Fear for Their Lives—and Their Jobs

Domestic workers are central figures in Brazil, a hidden workforce that keeps society running.

  • Jun 3, 2020
  • 2:47 PM

Police Disperse Anti-Bolsonaro Protesters in Brazil

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.

  • May 31, 2020
  • 8:18 PM

Brazilians Say ‘I Do’ at Drive-Thru Weddings to Avoid Virus

People have begun turning to this unconventional union at a notary in Santa Cruz, a neighborhood on the western outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, since the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus started battering Brazil.

  • May 29, 2020
  • 3:54 PM

Indigenous Leader Calls for Help in Brazil’s Biggest Reserve

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.

  • May 28, 2020
  • 4:09 PM

MÃE! (Mom!): New Short Film Created in Isolation Depicts Challenges of Immigrants Facing COVID-19 Pandemic Away From Home

The film is meant to be a window into life, inspired by many stories of immigrants who have had to face the pandemic away from home.

  • May 26, 2020
  • 12:58 PM

In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Everyone Else Is to Blame for Virus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Brazil emerging as one of the world’s most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media.

  • May 25, 2020
  • 5:08 PM

Praise and Push-Ups for Brazil’s Embattled Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters —and joined some in a series of push-ups— who gathered before the presidential offices Sunday to back his open-the-economy drive even as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the country.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 12:28 PM

Virus Heads Upriver in Brazil Amazon, Sickens Native People

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — In the remote Amazon community of Betania, Tikuna tribe members suspect the coronavirus arrived this month after some returned from a two-hour boat trip down the Solimoes River to pick up their government benefit payments.

  • May 17, 2020
  • 6:16 PM

Brazil’s Health Minister Resigns After One Month on the Job

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s health minister resigned Friday after less than a month on the job in a sign of continuing upheaval over how the nation should battle the coronavirus pandemic, quitting a day after President Jair Bolsonaro stepped up pressure on him to expand use of the antimalarial drug chloroquine in treating patients.

  • May 15, 2020
  • 5:26 PM

Brazil Cities Lurch to Lockdowns Amid Virus Crisis Red Flags

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Faced with overwhelmed hospitals and surging coronavirus deaths, Brazilian state and city governments are lurching forward with mandatory lockdowns against the will of President Jair Bolsonaro, who says job losses are more damaging than COVID-19.

  • May 12, 2020
  • 3:40 PM

Brazil Virus Despair Stretches From Rio to Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — From the Amazon city of Manaus to the seemingly endless urban sprawl of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, freshly dug graves have been filling up quickly for weeks with the bodies of Brazilians killed by COVID-19.

  • May 7, 2020
  • 10:46 AM

Northeastern Brazil City Is Nation’s First to Enter Lockdown

SÃO PAULO (AP) — The capital of tropical Maranhão state ground largely to a halt Tuesday, becoming the first major Brazilian city to enter a lockdown in the hopes of preventing the coronavirus pandemic from overwhelming the health care system of one of the country’s poorest states.

  • May 5, 2020
  • 11:17 PM

Brazilian Footballers Want Health Assurances Before Restart

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian footballers are calling on health authorities to give them better assurances before they agree to start playing again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 5, 2020
  • 2:27 PM

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

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