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City forces maids to work during Covid-19 lockdown

We’re covering the recent spats between the Supreme Court and the government. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes’ growing frustrations. And a move against maids and cleaners in northern Brazil.

What is an essential job? In Belém, maids fit the bill

Zenaldo Coutinho, the mayor of the northern Brazilian city of Belém, caused controversy by classifying maids and housekeepers as “essential workers,” allowing employers to demand their domestic workers continue their activities, even during social isolation measures. 

  • Greater Belém faces an imminent collapse of its healthcare system, forcing the state government to enforce a lockdown in the region as of today....

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