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Bolsonaro: Quit Whining About COVID

Cases and deaths are up as coronavirus variants spread

(Newser) - President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to the increase in Brazil's COVID-19 deaths by telling his countrymen to quit fretting about it. "Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?" Bolsonaro told an audience Thursday, Reuters reports. "How much longer will you stay at...

Amazon Rainforest Plots Are Being Sold on Facebook

BBC investigation finds illegally cleared land available on Facebook Marketplace

(Newser) - "Enabling deforestation in the Amazon" can be added to the list of Facebook's misdeeds, according to a BBC investigation. The broadcaster says many plots of illegally deforested land in the Brazilian rainforest can be found for sale via Facebook Marketplace—and some of the sellers who spoke to...

This Year, Carnival Venue Is a Mass Vaccination Site

Nurse says the event is still joyful, because it represents 'the hope of better days'

(Newser) - In a normal year, Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome would preparing for its great moment of the year: the world's most famous Carnival parade. But a week before what should be the start of Carnival, the pandemic has replaced pageantry, the AP reports, with the great celebration put on...

US Confirms First Case of COVID Variant From Brazil
COVID Strain Reaches
US From Brazil

COVID Strain Reaches US From Brazil

Variant found in Minnesota concerns Dr. Fauci because of the number of mutations

(Newser) - Minnesota health officials have confirmed they've found a new coronavirus variant in a patient, a strain that has been spreading fast in Brazil. It's the first known case in the US, the New York Times reports. The patient, who lives in the Twin Cities area and is now...

Chinese COVID Vaccine Results Fuel New Concerns

Sinovac vaccine is far less effective than initially reported

(Newser) - "It is not the best vaccine in the world." So said a Brazilian microbiologist of a vaccine created by China that the developing world had held high hopes on. Scientists with the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo on Tuesday said late-stage trials established the efficacy rate of the...

Dinosaur Had Features 'Like Nothing Seen in Nature'
Dinosaur Had Features
'Like Nothing Seen in Nature'
NEW STUDY

Dinosaur Had Features 'Like Nothing Seen in Nature'

Flashy birds like the peacock descended from dinosaurs like this one

(Newser) - How bizarre were the features of a dinosaur that roamed modern-day Brazil some 110 million years ago? They're "like nothing I have seen in nature before," David Martill, lead author of a study of the creature , tells the Guardian . "There are plenty of other strange dinosaurs,...

Brazil Halts Vaccine Trial After 'Serious Incident'

Bolsonaro calls CoronaVac move a 'victory'

(Newser) - Brazil's health regulator has halted clinical trials of the potential coronavirus vaccine CoronaVac, citing an "adverse, serious event." Adversaries of President Jair Bolsonaro said they feared the decision was motivated not by science but by the leader's political hostility to the country and state involved in...

Brazil: Tourists Lied on COVID Forms to Get to Beach

Dates on test results allegedly were falsified

(Newser) - Four tourists have been arrested in Brazil on suspicion of falsifying COVID-19 tests in an attempt to reach what some say is the world’s most beautiful beach. The two men and two women were arrested Thursday after landing in Fernando de Noronha, a group of islands off northern Brazil,...

Senator Had 'Stacks of Money' in His Underwear, Police Say

Sen. Chico Rodrigues finds himself suspended in Brazil

(Newser) - A Brazilian lawmaker stepped down from his position representing President Jair Bolsonaro's government and was suspended from the senate, after police searched his house and found cash inside the underwear he was wearing, the AP reports. Federal police targeted Roraima state's Sen. Chico Rodrigues as part of a...

'World's Biggest Party' Has Been Postponed

Rio hasn't set a new date for Carnival

(Newser) - A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains—the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools, known as the "world's biggest party," won’t be held in February. And while the decision is being characterized...

Expert on Isolated Tribes Killed by Arrow as He Approached One

Rieli Franciscato was approaching tribe in the Amazon

(Newser) - An expert on isolated Amazon tribes was on Wednesday killed by an arrow that hit him in the chest as he approached one. Rieli Franciscato, 56, a top expert for the Brazil government's indigenous agency, was approaching an indigenous group in a remote region of northwestern Brazil when he...

In Times of Pandemic, Horror Park Gets Creative

Brazil's Hopi Hari park is now a drive-thru

(Newser) - A large Ferris wheel with red lights illuminates a gloomy path at a horror theme amusement park in Brazil. A line of cars carrying spectators moves slowly as actors dressed up as werewolves and witches approach the vehicles with outstretched arms. Another apocalyptic scene appears on the sidewalk: two zombies...

Brazil Activists Target 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

She had to be smuggled into hospital for abortion

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl in Brazil who didn't want to have her rapist's baby had to fly to a city 900 miles away to have an abortion—and she still had to be smuggled into the hospital. A group of right-wing protesters and politicians gathered outside the Recife hospital...

Imported Chicken Wings Test Positive for COVID-19

A Chinese city finds COVID-19 on food from Brazil

(Newser) - If you're in Shenzhen, China, think twice about buying imported chicken wings—which might just contain the coronavirus, CNN reports. That's according to a municipal statement that a surface sample of frozen wings from Brazil tested positive Wednesday during a screening in the city's Longgang district. Health...

Michelle Bolsonaro Has Virus
Michelle Bolsonaro Has Virus

Michelle Bolsonaro Has Virus

President of Brazil has said he's recovered

(Newser) - No sooner had Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his recovery from the coronavirus than his wife tested positive. Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive Thursday, NPR reports. She's in the care of a presidential medical team, the government said. "She is in a state of good health and will follow...

Grim New Death Tolls for US, Globe
Grim New Death
Tolls for US, Globe

Grim New Death Tolls for US, Globe

Pope Francis: 'The pandemic is showing no sign of stopping'

(Newser) - The number of people around the world who have died as a result of the coronavirus has passed the 600,000 mark as countries from the US to South Africa to India struggle to contain infections, the AP reports. Hong Kong also warned of a resurgence in the virus as...

Reporters Suing Brazil Leader Over His COVID Briefing

Jair Bolsonaro took off his mask after announcing he tested positive

(Newser) - A group of journalists in Brazil plans to sue President Jair Bolsonaro after he removed his mask during a Tuesday press conference in which he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 . Several masked reporters held microphones close to Bolsonaro's chest as he spoke from behind a mask. Bolsonaro...

Bolsonaro Proclaims Hydroxychloroquine 'Is Certainly Working'

Jair Bolsonaro downs hydroxychloroquine in Facebook video to treat his COVID-19

(Newser) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he's confident he'll swiftly recover from COVID-19 thanks to treatment with hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that hasn't been proven effective against the coronavirus. Bolsonaro said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday after months of downplaying its severity while deaths mounted rapidly...

Brazil's President Tests Positive for COVID

Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus as a public health threat

(Newser) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, an illness he has repeatedly downplayed as a threat to public health. "It came back positive," the 65-year-old told reporters Tuesday, per the Guardian . Bolsonaro was tested Monday after developing a fever and cough. The diagnosis will test...

Bolsonaro Tested for COVID After Symptoms Develop

Brazil's president says, though, that 'everything is fine'

(Newser) - The president of Brazil has been tested for COVID-19 after developing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, Bloomberg reports. Jair Bolsonaro says "everything is fine" and his office describes him as being "in good health," but he recently had a slight fever and has been seen coughing. Per...

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