Coronavirus

Pandemic spurs solidarity efforts in Brazilian cities

While Brazil's economy nosedives, Brazilians are taking matters into their own hands to avoid the worst

Pandemic spurs solidarity efforts in Brazilian cities
Volunteers distribute meals to people in need. Photo: Juliana F. Rodrigues/Shutterstock

The Covid-19 pandemic is set to wreak havoc on Latin American economies. The World Bank currently expects Brazil’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to plunge by 8 percent in 2020, while the unemployment rate hovers at around 12 percent.

Three months after the first Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the severity of the pandemic — which he has repeatedly referred to as a “little flu.” While the federal government has been paying out a BRL 600 emergency salary for informal workers and low-income families since April, as The Brazilian Report has shown, many...

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