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Argentine Leader Has COVID, Despite Russian Vaccine

But Alberto Fernández's case is mild because of the vaccination, says his doctor

(Newser) - Argentina's president has become the latest world leader to test positive for COVID, but Alberto Fernández's case comes with a twist. Fernández was vaccinated in January, reports CNN . The 62-year-old received Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, and he was fine until a mild headache and a...

President Ordered to Pay Damages to Journalist

Bolsonaro 'damaged the honor' of the reporter

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered that country’s leader to compensate a journalist, saying that comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro had “damaged the honor of the complainant, causing moral damage,” AFP reports. The March 16 decision calls for Bolsonaro to pay Patricia Campos Mello, a reporter for...

The Brazil Stories Have Been Bad. This One's Worse
The Brazil Stories Have
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The Brazil Stories Have Been Bad. This One's Worse

Country announced a record number of deaths Tuesday

(Newser) - The headlines about the state of things in Brazil this month have been gloomy. Things are now much worse. The BBC reports the country on Tuesday night reported 2,841 COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, which it paints as a "large jump" from the previous high of...

Brazil Smashes Daily Record for COVID Deaths—Again

Wednesday's nearly 2.3K deaths broke Tuesday's record

(Newser) - A week after President Jair Bolsonaro told Brazilians to quit their whining , the struggling nation has hit a new ominous milestone of nearly 2,300 daily deaths due to COVID-19. Brazil on Wednesday recorded 2,286 deaths—beating the record high of 1,972 set the day before—and 79,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

US Travel Ban Hurts Bolsonaro Further as Toll Skyrockets

One mayor says Brazil's president wants to be a dictator but is 'too stupid'

(Newser) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil has quadrupled this month, to 363,000, making it No. 2 in the world. The nation's COVID-19 death toll neared 23,000 on Monday. President Jair Bolsonaro has had to answer for a travel ban on noncitizens arriving from Brazil this...

Brazil's Governors Defy Bolsonaro Over Pandemic

President called for easing measures against coronavirus in address to nation

(Newser) - Brazil's governors are defying President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses, dismissing his argument that the "cure" of widespread shutdowns to contain the spread of the new coronavirus is worse than the disease. Bolsonaro contends that the clampdown already ordered by many governors will...

Graham to Self-Quarantine After Exposure at Mar-a-Lago

Senator was at an event with Brazilian official who tested positive for coronavirus

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham has put himself in quarantine after being at Mar-a-Lago last weekend with a Brazilian official who's tested positive for coronavirus. Graham will work from home, his office said Thursday, while he awaits the results of his own test for the virus. President Trump was hosting Brazilian...

Netflix Ordered to Pull Film About Gay Jesus

Brazilian judge says 'freedom of expression ... is not absolute'

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to remove a film depicting Jesus Christ with a boyfriend. The First Temptation of Christ, released as a Christmas special, caused such fury among Brazil's conservative Christians that 2 million signed a petition calling for its removal, while a group lobbed firebombs at...

Leo DiCaprio Has Response for Brazil Prez

'We did not fund the organizations targeted'

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's accusation that he helped fund environmental NGOs that were setting fire to the Amazon , and the answer is no, he did not, reports CNN . "The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand...

Brazil Leader Targets A-List Actor Over Amazon Fires

Jair Bolsonaro points finger at Leonardo DiCaprio for rainforest blazes

(Newser) - Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that Bolsonaro claims are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil....

Environmentalists Alarmed Over Latest Amazon Data

Deforestation is at an 11-year high, Brazil says

(Newser) - Environmentalists are ringing alarm bells after Brazil released its latest data on the Amazon rainforest, CNN reports. According to the government, the rainforest lost nearly 3,800 square miles over 12 months through July 2019, marking an 11-year high in deforestation and a 29.5% increase over the year before....

Bolsonaro Waging War on ... Bic Pens

Amid feud with Macron, Brazil president says he'll stop using pen 'because it is French'

(Newser) - The US-China trade war might be grabbing most headlines, but things just got serious in the spat between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. "A pen (of the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no more Bic, will work," said Bolsonaro in announcing that he's going...

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