October 16th, 2020.
During an operation investigating the misappropriation of public funds destined to fight COVID-19, the Brazilian Federal Police has caught a senator hiding banknotes between his buttocks. The Friendship Bridge, which connects Brazil to Paraguay, is scheduled to be reopened, after being closed since March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 19 days before the United States presidential election, both candidates have been interviewed by different TV channels; while Democrat candidate Joe Biden was interviewed by ABC, current president Donald Trump, Republican candidate running for reelection, was interviewed by NBC. Meanwhile, 39 out of 50 US states have registered a surge in COVID-19 infections. Finally, Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, after the president himself and his wife, Melania, both tested positive for COVID-19, despite earlier tests which showed he had not been infected.
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Federal Police find cash hidden between senator’s buttocks
During the serving of a search and seizure warrant this morning in Boa Vista, capital of the Brazilian northern state of Roraima, members of the Federal Police found banknotes stashed between the clenched buttocks of Chico Rodrigues, president Jair Bolsonaro’s deputy leader in the Brazilian Senate. The episode was registered in footage made by police officers, who reported that some of the banknotes apprehended were soiled. A total of approximately R$ 30 thousand was found on the 69-year-old politician. The raid was part of an operation against the suspected misappropriation of public funds for fighting COVID-19, which investigates the misuse of up to R$ 20 million in parliamentary amendments destined to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state.
Friendship Bridge reopened after being closed in March
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro confirmed on his social media accounts his decision of reopening the Friendship Bridge; the bridge, which connects the city of Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, with the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este, had been closed since March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the federal government relaxed the rule which restricted the entry of foreigners in the country and extended for an extra 30 days the prohibition of visitors of nearly all nationalities from accessing Brazilian territory. The measure, however, has not been extended to Paraguay, and air and water connections with the neighboring country are still in place, despite restricting measures which have been adopted since March by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Trump and Biden “meet” voters
Yesterday, 19 days before the United States presidential election, the Republican candidate for reelection, Donald Trump, and his rival, Democrat candidate Joe Biden, answered questions made by voters and fought for the audience in the country’s main TV networks. While the current president endured one hour of questions made by voters at an NBC studio in Miami, Florida, his opponent did the same at an ABC studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both states are considered “swing states”, that is, states in which local voting results may have a decisive influence on the overall outcome of the presidential election.
COVID-19 cases rise in 39 US states
39 out of the 50 American states have registered a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, reaching the highest figures since August. The new infections have been increasing with the lowering of temperatures. The number of deaths caused by the disease, however, has remained at a stable level. According to data provided by the Covid Tracking Project, a collaborative volunteer-run effort, the total number of new cases has risen by 21% in the last 14 days, and the number of infections reached 54,512. 36,051 people were hospitalized with symptoms of the disease on Tuesday evening, the highest number since August 29th. At least 17 states have registered a record number of new cases during the past week.
Trump’s son also tested positive for coronavirus
Barron Trump, the youngest son of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The information has been disclosed by his mother, the first lady Melania Trump, who added that he had shown no symptoms and is already healed. Both Melania and US president Donald Trump were diagnosed with COVID-19 on October 1st, and the White House had initially stated that Barron had tested negative for the virus. Melania later explained that a subsequent test showed that the teenager contracted the disease at some point, but later tested negative for the disease.