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How Bolsonaro plans to force Brazil back to work

We’re covering Jair Bolsonaro’s latest decree on “essential activities.” The investigation into the president’s alleged meddling with the Federal Police. And São Paulo’s disastrous attempts to avoid a full-scale lockdown.

Essential jobs: the next cultural war in Brazil

Gyms, beauty parlors, and barbershops are now considered “essential activities,” according to a decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday evening. This means that such establishments would be allowed to open, even during quarantine measures in Brazilian states. The move blindsided Health Minister Nelson Teich, who heard about it from reporters, during a press conference. “That was announced today?” he...

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