Re-opening for business, Santa Catarina will be Brazil’s test case

Commerce in the southern state of Santa Catarina is beginning to open once more, despite warnings that the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil is about to reach its most critical point

Re-opening for business, Santa Catarina will be Brazil's test case
Drive-thru tests in Florianópolis. Photo: Leonardo Souza /PMF

It is a haunting scene: a crowd of families, senior citizens, and children, all wearing face masks, scuttle into a shopping mall to the sound of a saxophone cover of “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” The staff, with covered faces and protective gloves, cheer the public in with an eerie slow clap. The shopping mall in question is located in the city of Blumenau, in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina — the first to effectively re-open its economy after Covid-19 isolation measures and allow shopping malls to operate. This, despite warnings that the worst phase...

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