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Brazil to declare the end of the pandemic. What next?

Just months before the presidential election, the Brazilian government is formally claiming victory over the coronavirus. But experts warn that celebrations may be premature

emergency President Jair Bolsonaro thinks the pandemic is over. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro thinks the pandemic is over. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Addressing the nation on Sunday evening, Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announced that the government would declare the end of the Covid public health emergency instated back in February 2020, before the country had identified a single coronavirus infection. The decision is symbolic, coming as a declaration of victory over Covid at a time when the rolling average of new daily deaths remains below 100 and most of the country has returned to a life approaching normality.

Mr. Queiroga said the success of Brazil’s vaccination program and declining mortality figures mean the country will no longer be haunted by...

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