Number of the week

Brazil’s Copa America hits fever pitch (literally)

The Brazilian Health Ministry has confirmed at least 82 coronavirus cases within Copa America delegations — something experts predicted would happen

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Bolivian players get tested for Covid-19. Photo: Twitter/@FBF_BO

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps us understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we go through the numbers suggesting that hosting Copa America was a mistake.

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coronavirus infections

When the Jair Bolsonaro administration decided to bring the 2021 Copa America to Brazil, most — if not all — high-profile epidemiologists in the country said this would be a serious error. Bringing around 1,200 foreigners (consisting of members of the press, organizers, and the teams themselves) into a country currently suffering around 2,000 new coronavirus deaths a day...

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