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Covid-19 is biggest reason for workers’ leave

. Jan 11, 2021
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Covid-19 infections accounted for one in every ten work-related accidents registered in Brazil during Q3 2020, according to the National Social Security Institute (INSS). The disease forced 10,800 workers to go on leave between July and September — 246 percent more than the previous quarter.

The worst-affected professionals were, naturally, health workers (6,200). People employed in meat processing factories outside of major urban centers followed in second (2,800).

Seventy-three percent of health workers who filed for leave were women, as they make up over 80 percent of Brazil’s nurses, nursing assistants, and nursing technicians.


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Gustavo Ribeiro

An award-winning journalist, Gustavo has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. He has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets and founded The Brazilian Report in 2017. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

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