October 21st, 2020.
The rising number of novel coronavirus infections in Europe has forced several of the continent’s countries to adopt stricter quarantine measures and implement blockades in order to halt the spread of a second wave of COVID-19. One day after São Paulo governor João Doria announced the agreement with the Ministry of Health to purchase a COVID-19 vaccine produced by a Chinese laboratory, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced he would veto the initiative. Meanwhile, Brazil’s Health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is now in isolation. Brazilian Woman, Family and Human Rights minister Damares Alves has defended the immediate arrest of soccer star Robinho, involved in a recent controversy after being signed by Santos and then having his contract rescinded, due to his conviction for rape in Italy. Finally, homicides have been on the rise in Brazil; according to a recent study, one person is murdered every 10 minutes.
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Europe-wide blockades try to contain new COVID-19 wave
The growing number of COVID-19 cases in Europe has forced several regions to adopt strict quarantine measures in order to try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the continent. Spain, for instance, has announced a two-week blockade in the northern region of Navarre. In Italy, prime minister Giuseppe Conte is trying to give cities and local regions more authority to determine the extent to which they can restrain their local population, while Ireland may become the first European Union country to resume lockdown measures, after registering nearly two thousand novel coronavirus-related deaths.
Bolsonaro vetoes Chinese vaccine after Doria announces purchase
One day after the governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, João Doria, celebrated an agreement signed by the Brazilian Ministry of Health to purchase 46 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese laboratory Life Science Sinovac in a partnership with the Butantan Institute, president Jair Bolsonaro vetoed the initiative. “Brazil has won”, Doria had written on his Twitter account, where he also posted a video in which he detailed the agreement with Brazil’s Health minister, Eduardo Pazuello: “this will be the right gesture to save lives. Thank you, minister, for your attitude and your stance.” Today, however, it was Bolsonaro who took to his social media accounts: “We will not buy China’s vaccine.” He added that “the Brazilian people will not be anyone’s guinea pigs.”
Health minister tests positive for COVID-19
Brazil’s Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, has canceled all his appointments related to his current professional position during the rest of this week, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Pazuello, who is a Brazilian Army general, has presented high fever and other symptoms associated with COVID-19, and has been already in isolation since the beginning of the week, when he was tested in order to determine whether he had been infected, and what kind of treatment would be determined for his specific case. Pazuello also criticized president Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to veto the purchase of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines.
Damares defends “immediate arrest” of Robinho in rape case
Brazilian Woman, Family and Human Rights Minister, Damares Alves, asked on Monday for the arrest of Brazilian soccer player Robinho, convicted in Italy for raping a drunk woman. “Immediate jail, there’s nothing else to say. He still may appeal, but what about his recordings? What else do you want? Jail. No rapist may ever be applauded. The guy wants to return to a stadium and pose as a hero,” said the minister as she arrived at the Planalto Palace for an event with president Jair Bolsonaro. The minister also praised soccer club Santos for rescinding their contract with the player, who is claiming to be innocent and is currently appealing the decision made by the Italian courts.
Homicides on the rise; Brazil registers one murder every 10 minutes
One person was murdered in Brazil every 10 minutes during the first half of this year, according to the Brazilian Public Safety Forum. There was a 7 percent rise when compared to data from last year; 25,712 people were killed between January and June this year. The figures have registered an increase after a two-year drop. Still, most Brazilian state capitals have registered a drop regarding the number of homicides registered last year – with the exception of Porto Velho, which had a 3 percent increase in the number of murders. The Brazilian Yearbook of Public Safety also registered that a case of aggression against a woman has been registered every two minutes during 2019, totaling 266,310 all over Brazil.