In Brazil, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the carnival was moved to Rio de Janeiro | News – current news about world events DW

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Authorities in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have decided to postpone indefinitely the carnival scheduled for February 2021. This was announced on Thursday evening, September 24, in the League of Rio Samba Schools (LIESA).

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According to the League, the current rate of spread of coronavirus makes it impossible to safely carry out this traditional event, reports AFP, citing local media. As explained in the League, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, samba schools in particular would lack the time, financial and organizational resources to prepare for carnival events until February. It will be possible to talk about the new date of the carnival after a large-scale vaccination campaign, the League stressed.

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The last carnival in Rio was postponed in 1912, reminds AFP.

Brazil currently ranks third in the world after the United States and India in the number of recorded cases of coronavirus – more than 4.5 million. In total, nearly 140,000 people have died in Brazil from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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In addition, according to the government of the state of Rio de Janeiro, as of September 24 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, almost 100 thousand infected people were officially registered, and to date more than 10 thousand patients have died. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rio city administration has already canceled New Year’s celebrations in Copacabana.

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