What Brazil is doing to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country

In a bid to get ahead of the outbreak, the Brazilian government has sanctioned a series of rules facilitating their fight against the coronavirus

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Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Photo: B.Zhou/Shutterstock

After being pushed through Congress at break-neck speed, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro sanctioned a bill giving the government legal support to carry out emergency measures in its efforts to prevent the novel coronavirus outbreak from reaching the country.

The new rules will be enforced only while the World Health Organization considers the outbreak a “global emergency.” Since its identification by Chinese authorities in mid-December, coronavirus infections have killed over 600 people—while the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 31,000.

It is important to note that most of the human toll of this outbreak has been restricted to mainland China—more precisely...

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