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Traffic data shows Brazil returning to normality amid pandemic

Data shows that traffic in Brazil's biggest cities began returning to normal during the infection peak

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Traffic in São Paulo is returning to normal. Photo: Nagasima/Shutterstock

As we discussed in the latest episode of our Explaining Brazil podcast, a large number of Brazilians seem to have forgotten all about the pandemic. And here, we are not talking about informal workers who have faced no choice but to continue their jobs even during stricter quarantines.

Bars and restaurants in middle-class hotspots are regularly filled with customers, and respect for social distancing norms or mask usage is severely reduced. And recent traffic data further corroborates the feeling that the country returned to normality some time ago — which could help us explain the recent surge in coronavirus deaths...

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