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COVID-19 hammers Brazil

International | But Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro remains unfazed
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/04/20, 06:53 pm

BRAZIL: As global deaths top 250,000, COVID-19 is hammering South America’s largest country. While critical cases outnumber the beds to care for them, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to shrug at the disease, enacting no isolation policies. Some observers argue he is simply federalizing the country’s response.

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Italy eases lockdown

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/04/20, 12:38 pm

Some 4.4 million Italians returned to work for the first time in two months on Monday. Construction and manufacturing companies resumed operations, and traffic returned to the streets of Rome as the country began to ease the longest coronavirus lockdown in Europe. Italian officials continue to limit funeral services to 15 people, but there’s no word on when religious services will resume. As of Monday, Italy had recorded close to 211,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, nearly 29,000 deaths, and more than 81,500 recoveries.

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New Zealand eases lockdown

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/27/20, 12:10 pm

By midnight on Monday, retailers, restaurants, and schools across New Zealand could reopen as long as they followed strict health guidelines. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country has stopped “widespread, undetected community transmission” but warned against complacency. With a population of 4 million, New Zealand had just under 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, with 19 deaths and nearly 1,200 recoveries.

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