“Death” stalks the streets as Brazil passes 100,000 virus deaths | AFP

An actor disguised as ‘Ghostface’, the killer from the ‘Scream’ film franchise, walks the streets of Brazil’s Formiga municipality to keep people alert to the threat of the coronavirus. Brazil has passed a total of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, crossing the grim milestone after President Jair Bolsonaro said he had a “clear conscience” on his response to the outbreak.

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The coronavirus pandemic exposes Brazil’s water crisis | AFP

Frequent hand washing is one of the main recommendations for preventing the novel coronavirus, but in Brazil, where 35 million people lack clean running water, that gesture is not so easily accomplished.

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Trade unions in Brazil protest Bolsonaro’s handling of pandemic | AFP

Dozens of members of Brazilian trade unions gather in front of the Sao Paulo See Metropolitan Cathedral to protest the way Jair Bolsonaro’s government has been handling the coronavirus pandemic, as Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll nears 100,000.

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Health workers perform COVID-19 tests in Mexico as deaths top 50,000 | AFP

Health workers in Mexico City perform COVID-19 tests at a mobile testing site as the virus deaths count surpasses 50,000, the world’s third-highest fatality toll from the disease, behind only the United States and Brazil.

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At Paris airport, Covid tests are now mandatory for travellers from high-risk countries | AFP

At Roissy airport, near Paris, passengers from Sao Paulo, Brazil, are being tested for coronavirus. Tests are now mandatory for travellers coming to France from sixteen at-risk countries.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes his first official trip after virus recovery | AFP

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro makes his first official trip after recovering from COVID-19 as his country registers record daily numbers of infections and deaths from the virus, sending its overall death toll surging past 90,000 people. The leader travelled over 1000km to Campo Alegre de Lourdes in the state of Bahia, to inaugurate a water supply in the municipality.

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Sao Paulo streets busy as Brazil’s virus death toll surpasses 90,000 | AFP

Streets are busy with people going about their daily business in Sao Paulo’s 25 de Marรงo neighbourhood as the country continues to ease lockdown measures and registers record daily numbers of deaths from COVID-19, surging past 90,000.

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Forest fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands | AFP

Firefighters combat forest blazes in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, as fires in the region have nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year. The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, has nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released Thursday. Brazil’s national space agency, INPE, identified 3,506 fires from January 1 to July 22 in the Pantanal, a 192 percent increase from 2019 and the most for the period since records began in 1998.

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Brazilian performers launch drive-in circus to welcome spectators | AFP

Performers at the Estoril Circus in Brazil launch a drive-in show after closing for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, where cars are parked inside the circus tent as opposed to having traditionally seated spectators around a stage.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, July 26th: Body of Rep. John Lewis makes final Selma bridge crossing; Tropical storm Hanna drenches South Texas; Brazil’s Pantanal region burns; Actress Olivia de Havilland dead at 104.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro greets supporters after recovering from COVID-19 | AFP

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters outside the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia as they snap photos with him, after announcing he has tested negative for COVID-19 over two weeks since he was diagnosed.

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Coronavirus: New graves dug at Brazil cemetery | AFP

The Vila Formosa cemetery is one of the largest in Sau Paulo and many fresh graves are being dug as the coronavirus continues to wreck havoc in Brazil with the death toll surpassing 80,000 on Monday.

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Brazil holds daily health ministry press conference | AFP

Brazil’s Health Ministry officials hold a press conference to discuss the novel coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths surge past 77,000, making it the second country in the world in number of fatalities after the United States.

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Brazil reaches 76,000 virus deaths

Brazil has registered more than 76,000 deaths from COVID-19, and reached the milestone figure of two million cases. Brazil has recorded more than 1,000 daily deaths on average in a gruesome plateau that has yet to tilt downward since its first reported case. (July 16)

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Brazil reaches 76,000 virus deaths

Brazil has registered more than 76,000 deaths from COVID-19, and reached the milestone figure of two million cases. (July 16)

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Brazil’s new education minister Milton Ribeiro is sworn in | AFP

President Jair Bolsonaro swears in evangelical pastor Milton Ribeiro as Brazil’s new education minister, the fourth one in 18 months, replacing Carlos Alberto Decotelli, who resigned earlier this month after admitting to having lied on his CV.

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Bolsonaro feels ‘very good’ and praises hydroxychloroquine | AFP

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro assures that he feels “very good” and campaigns once again for the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug whose effectiveness against coronavirus is not scientifically proven and that keeps dividing the global scientific community.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, July 7th: Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19; Dutch police arrest six for makeshift prison and “torture chamber” plot; Experimental treatment may have rid man of HIV; Vending machines now sell PPE in NYC subway.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro removes face mask after testing positive for virus | AFP

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro removes his face mask before leaving a press conference in Brasilia’s Alvorada Palace, after he announced in a press conferente that he tested positive for COVID-19. IMAGES

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Black Lives Matter protest takes place in Sao Paulo | AFP

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrate in Sao Paulo’s Cidade Tiradentes neighbourhood to denounce the killing of Black people and police violence in Brazil’s most populous city. IMAGES

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Sao Paulo authorities allow more businesses to reopen despite virus crisis | AFP

Sao Paulo city Mayor Bruno Covas announces that bars, restaurants, beauty salons and barbershops can reopen starting July 6, while Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll — which surges past 60,000 — remains the highest in Latin America. SOUNDBITE

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