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The image is now going all kinds of viral.(Twitter/@sadiquiz)

Nurses in Brazil use gloves to simulate ‘human contact’ for Covid-19 patient

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 11:48 AM IST
Shared by journalist Sadiq ‘Sameer’ Bhat, the picture of this unusual gesture has left people emotional.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro(Reuters)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro(Reuters)

Brazil sets record daily Covid-19 deaths, Bolsonaro's government to face probe

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 08:04 AM IST
Brazil's outbreak is spiraling out of control, with vaccines in short supply and Bolsonaro fighting lockdowns.
Healthcare workers treat patients inside a Covid-19 ICU at a field hospital in the Heliopolis favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil.(Bloomberg)
Healthcare workers treat patients inside a Covid-19 ICU at a field hospital in the Heliopolis favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil.(Bloomberg)

Highest daily Covid-19 cases globally in next two weeks, US expert predicts

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2021 10:56 PM IST
  • More than 130 million cases of coronavirus and over 2.84 million related deaths have been reported so far, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Rio de Janeiro state, with more than 37,000 dead, has a mortality rate of 215 per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than the national average of 141.(Reuters file photo)
Rio de Janeiro state, with more than 37,000 dead, has a mortality rate of 215 per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than the national average of 141.(Reuters file photo)

Brazil's Rio de Janeiro extends Covid-19 restrictions

AFP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 09:53 PM IST
The measures, which entered into force two weeks ago and were due to expire on Sunday, had contributed to hospital admissions starting to level off for the first time in weeks, mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters.
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is seen after a meeting with Brazil's Lower House Arthur Lira at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is seen after a meeting with Brazil's Lower House Arthur Lira at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo(REUTERS)

Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 05:35 AM IST
  • The Defense Ministry reported the resignations — apparently unprecedented since at least the end of military rule 36 years ago — in a statement released without giving reasons.
Jair Bolsonaro, who comes up for re-election in October 2022, has drawn backlash with his handling of the pandemic in hard-hit Brazil.(AFP)
Jair Bolsonaro, who comes up for re-election in October 2022, has drawn backlash with his handling of the pandemic in hard-hit Brazil.(AFP)

Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro overhauls cabinet amid Covid-19 surge

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 05:10 AM IST
The shake-up comes the week after Bolsonaro replaced former health minister Eduardo Pazuello, an army general with no medical experience, with cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga, his fourth health minister of the pandemic.
A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus.(Reuters)
A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus.(Reuters)

Brazil suspends deadline to analyze request for emergency use of Sputnik V

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 10:48 PM IST
  • In a statement on its website, Anvisa said that Uniao Quimica, the company that will manufacture the shots in Brazil, did not present the necessary documentation.
Meanwhile, the ministry reported 85,948 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national caseload to 12,490,362.(Reuters Photo)
Meanwhile, the ministry reported 85,948 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national caseload to 12,490,362.(Reuters Photo)

Brazil reports more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths for 2nd consecutive day

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 01:55 PM IST
Brazil is currently one of the global epicenters of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the world's second-worst outbreak in terms of both deaths and infections, only after the United States.
According to the latest health ministry data, Panama has a total of 353,497 confirmed coronavirus cases. (AP file photo)
According to the latest health ministry data, Panama has a total of 353,497 confirmed coronavirus cases. (AP file photo)

Covid-19: Panama imposes temporary ban on travellers from South America

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 12:16 PM IST
The new restrictions on travel will come into force on Wednesday, March 31, the ministry specified, adding that the measures were prompted by the discovery of the Brazilian strain in the country.
Healthcare workers treat Covid-19 patients inside a field hospital at the Pedro Dell'Antonia sports complex in Santo Andre, Brazil.(Bloomberg)
Healthcare workers treat Covid-19 patients inside a field hospital at the Pedro Dell'Antonia sports complex in Santo Andre, Brazil.(Bloomberg)

As Covid-19 daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 09:31 PM IST
  • The nation’s seven-day average of 2,400 deaths stands to reach to 3,000 within weeks, six experts told the Associated Press. That’s nearly the worst level seen by the US, though Brazil has two-thirds its population. Spikes of daily deaths could soon hit 4,000; on Friday there were 3,650.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask with his name during a ceremony to announce investments for the Aguas Brasileiras Program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 22, 2021. (Reuters)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask with his name during a ceremony to announce investments for the Aguas Brasileiras Program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 22, 2021. (Reuters)

'Psychopathic leader': Brazil governor says Bolsonaro mishandled Covid-19 crisis

Posted by hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 03:26 PM IST
The latest wave of Covid-19, fueled by a local, more contagious variant of the coronavirus, is pushing many Brazilian hospitals to the breaking point
Health workers tend to a Covid-19 patient in the ICU ward at the Hospital das Clinicas in Porto Alegre, Brazil.(AP)
Health workers tend to a Covid-19 patient in the ICU ward at the Hospital das Clinicas in Porto Alegre, Brazil.(AP)

Covid-19: Over 122 million cases recorded globally, at least 2.71 million deaths

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 10:57 PM IST
  • The United States has recorded nearly 29.8 million Covid-19 cases and more than 541,980 related deaths so far.
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla at a press confertence at the SII facility, a day after a fire incident, in Pune, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.(PTI)
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla at a press confertence at the SII facility, a day after a fire incident, in Pune, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.(PTI)

SII to delay further vaccine shipments to Brazil, Morocco, Saudi Arabia: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 11:44 AM IST
Brazil has already received 4 million doses from SII, Saudi Arabia 3 million doses and Morocco 7 million, according to India's foreign ministry. The three countries had ordered 20 million each.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a Mercosur trade bloc summit, in Bento Goncalves, Brazil.(Reuters)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a Mercosur trade bloc summit, in Bento Goncalves, Brazil.(Reuters)

Critics of Brazil's president Bolsonaro being targeted by security law

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 10:22 AM IST
  • The national security law, which dates from 1983, near the end of the country's military dictatorship, makes it a crime to harm the heads of the three branches of government or expose them to danger. The vague measure has recently been used to detain or investigate Bolsonaro critics.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.(AFP)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.(AFP)

Brazilian president Bolsonaro faces record disapproval rating over Covid

Reuters | | Written by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 06:35 PM IST
The Datafolha poll published by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper late on Tuesday showed 54% of respondents regard Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis as bad or very bad.
Doctor Marcelo Queiroga (L), appointed by Brazilian President Jair bolsonaro for Minister of Health, and current Minister Eduardo Pazuello talk to the press outside the ministry in Brasilia, on March 16, 2021. - Queiroga replaces the former Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello at a time when the health system is on the verge of collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic that has already left nearly 280,000 dead. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)(AFP)
Doctor Marcelo Queiroga (L), appointed by Brazilian President Jair bolsonaro for Minister of Health, and current Minister Eduardo Pazuello talk to the press outside the ministry in Brasilia, on March 16, 2021. - Queiroga replaces the former Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello at a time when the health system is on the verge of collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic that has already left nearly 280,000 dead. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)(AFP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro names 4th health minister during pandemic

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 01:12 PM IST
  • Marcelo Queiroga will replace Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general with expertise in logistics who landed the position last May despite having no prior health experience.
Bolsonaro (in photo) met on Sunday with Ludhmila Hajjar, a doctor who has been at the forefront of treatment and research into fighting Covid-19.(Reuters file photo)
Bolsonaro (in photo) met on Sunday with Ludhmila Hajjar, a doctor who has been at the forefront of treatment and research into fighting Covid-19.(Reuters file photo)

Bolsonaro eyes health minister swap as Brazil's Covid outbreak worsens: Report

Reuters | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 07:29 PM IST
Following the most deadly week in Brazil since the pandemic began a year ago, health minister Eduardo Pazuello's job appears to be on the line, even though the government denied in a statement that he has turned in his resignation.
Volunteers disinfect the alleys of Santa Marta slum during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro on March 13, 2021. (Reuters)
Volunteers disinfect the alleys of Santa Marta slum during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro on March 13, 2021. (Reuters)

Brazil overtakes India as the second worst-hit country from Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2021 02:49 PM IST
Brazil is currently facing the worst phase of the pandemic. Infections and deaths have spiked after the year-end gatherings and clandestine carnival festivities, according to news agency Bloomberg.
Within the same period of time, the death toll from the coronavirus in Brazil has increased by 2,216 to 275,105 people. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Within the same period of time, the death toll from the coronavirus in Brazil has increased by 2,216 to 275,105 people. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Brazil surpasses India in confirmed Covid-19 cases, death toll over 275,000

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 10:17 AM IST
Over the past 24 hours, the Latin American country has registered 85,663 new Covid-19 cases, with the total number has reached 11,363,389. India, which previously came second, has recorded 11,308,846 coronavirus cases.
The most recent surge is driven by the P1 variant, which Brazil’s health minister said last month is three times as transmissible as the original strain.(Reuters)
The most recent surge is driven by the P1 variant, which Brazil’s health minister said last month is three times as transmissible as the original strain.(Reuters)

Brazil hospitals buckle in absence of national coronavirus plan

AP | | Written by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 11:06 AM IST
For the last week, Brazilian governors sought to do something President Jair Bolsonaro obstinately rejects: cobble together a proposal for states to help curb the nation’s deadliest Covid-19 outbreak yet.
Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer, BioNTech neutralises Covid-19 Brazil variant(Twitter/consumerconnekt)
Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer, BioNTech neutralises Covid-19 Brazil variant(Twitter/consumerconnekt)

Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer, BioNTech neutralises Covid-19 Brazil variant

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:23 AM IST
Pfizer has said it believes its current Covid-19 vaccine is highly likely to still protect against the South African variant but is planning to test a third booster dose of it as well as a version retooled specifically to combat the variant in order to better understand the immune response
Covid-19 patients lie on beds at a field hospital built inside a sports coliseum in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday,(AP)
Covid-19 patients lie on beds at a field hospital built inside a sports coliseum in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday,(AP)

World's worst Covid crisis is unfolding in Brazil, where no fix seems to work

Bloomberg | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:36 PM IST
This week, as Brazil reported back-to-back record deaths from the virus, Bolsonaro welcomed allies for a lunch in Brasilia.
While Covid-19 deaths and infections are falling globally, that is not the case in Brazil, where a record 1,910 people died from the virus on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado, File)(AP)
While Covid-19 deaths and infections are falling globally, that is not the case in Brazil, where a record 1,910 people died from the virus on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado, File)(AP)

Rio de Janeiro announces curfew as Brazil battles brutal Covid-19 wave

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:21 PM IST
  • The city of 6.7 million people will impose a curfew from 11 pm to 5 am
A slow roll-out of vaccines Brazil was late to kick off its immunization campaign, and had only 6 million doses at hand when it did and a variant that researchers say appears more contagious has added to concern.(REUTERS)
A slow roll-out of vaccines Brazil was late to kick off its immunization campaign, and had only 6 million doses at hand when it did and a variant that researchers say appears more contagious has added to concern.(REUTERS)

Hospital beds in Brazil fill up fast as country hits record Covid deaths

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:48 AM IST
The Health Ministry reported 1,641 people died from the disease in the last 24 hours. Brazil is among the hardest-hit countries globally, with 10,646,926 confirmed cases and 257,361 deaths from Covid-19.
Climate extremes seen harming unborn babies in Brazil's Amazon(Pexels)
Climate extremes seen harming unborn babies in Brazil's Amazon(Pexels)

Climate change is harming unborn babies in Brazil, says research

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:46 AM IST
The findings of a new research show a connection between extreme rains and lower birth weights and even premature births in Brazil's Amazon region.
Till now, six individuals in Britain have been detected infected with the P.1 variant of the novel coronavirus..(REUTERS)
Till now, six individuals in Britain have been detected infected with the P.1 variant of the novel coronavirus..(REUTERS)

What we know about the new Brazilian Covid-19 variant P.1

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:31 PM IST
The cause of concern in the P.1 variant is the three key mutations out of 17 mutations in its spike protein receptor domain-K417T, E484K, and N501Y says CDC.
"There is a strong interest in Covaxin from many countries around the world, and the company is fully committed to ensuring supplies promptly and efficiently," Bharat Biotech said.(Bloomberg)
"There is a strong interest in Covaxin from many countries around the world, and the company is fully committed to ensuring supplies promptly and efficiently," Bharat Biotech said.(Bloomberg)

Bharat Biotech confirms deal with Brazil for 20 million doses of Covaxin

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:45 PM IST
"The company is delighted to partner with Brazil in its battle against Covid-19 and aid its immunization program against the virus," Bharat Biotech said in a statement.
The selloff, following a series of analyst downgrades, deepened after Bolsonaro said the company's fuel policy was only pleasing to financial markets and select groups in Brazil and should be changed as part of an effort to lower gasoline and diesel prices.(REUTERS)
The selloff, following a series of analyst downgrades, deepened after Bolsonaro said the company's fuel policy was only pleasing to financial markets and select groups in Brazil and should be changed as part of an effort to lower gasoline and diesel prices.(REUTERS)

Petrobras shares slump as Brazil's Bolsonaro doubles down on intervention

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:13 AM IST
The last few days have marked a dramatic about-face for Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist whose interventionist instincts until now had been largely contained by economically conservative allies.
Luciana Holanda smashes a bottle at the Rage Room, a place where people can destroy objects to vent their anger.(REUTERS)
Luciana Holanda smashes a bottle at the Rage Room, a place where people can destroy objects to vent their anger.(REUTERS)

'Rage room' in Brazil’s Sao Paulo helps people to vent their anger

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 01:20 PM IST
Forty-two-year-old Vanderlei Rodrigues, who opened the business, said he has received a fair number of customers wanting to vent, especially during the pandemic.
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