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Brazil minister calls for environmental deregulation while public distracted by COVID

Brazil minister calls for environmental deregulation while public distracted by COVID

United States BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles called on the government to push through further deregulation of environmental policy while people are distracted by the coronavirus pandemic, in a video the Supreme Court ordered released on Friday. The video of a ministers’ meeting surfaced in an investigation of whether President Jair Bolsonaro interfered in appointing leaders of the federal police for personal gain. During the meeting, other ministers spoke, including Salles, with environmental groups saying his remarks prove that the Bolsonaro government...

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Brazil passes France in coronavirus cases to become 6th worst-hit country

Brazil passes France in coronavirus cases to become 6th worst-hit country

United States BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil registered a record number of new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, surpassing France’s tally to become the sixth-worst hit country, as the disease sends the economy toward its worst year since at least 1900. The government confirmed 11,385 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total count to 188,974 cases of the coronavirus since the outbreak began. Early on Wednesday, France revised its total number of confirmed and suspected cases down 0.3% to 177,700. The pandemic has battered Brazil’s economy as residents shelter at home and...

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Brazil launches military operations to protect Amazon rainforest

Brazil launches military operations to protect Amazon rainforest

United States BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil deployed thousands of soldiers to protect the Amazon rainforest on Monday, taking precautions to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus, as the government mounts an early response to surging deforestation ahead of the high season for forest fires. The armed forces, alongside environmental officials, police and other government agencies, began with an operation in a national forest in Rondonia state, near the Bolivian border, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said at a news conference. Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged 55% in the first four months...

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Brazil launches military operations to protect Amazon rainforest

Brazil launches military operations to protect Amazon rainforest

United Kingdom BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil deployed thousands of soldiers to protect the Amazon rainforest on Monday, taking precautions to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus, as the government mounts an early response to surging deforestation ahead of the high season for forest fires. The armed forces, alongside environmental officials, police and other government agencies, began with an operation in a national forest in Rondonia state, near the Bolivian border, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said at a news conference. Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged 55% in the first four months...

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Brazil likely has 12 times more coronavirus cases than official count, study shows

Brazil likely has 12 times more coronavirus cases than official count, study shows

United States BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil likely has 12 times more cases of new coronavirus than are being officially reported by the government, with too little testing and long waits to confirm the results, according to a study released on Monday. Researchers at a consortium of Brazilian universities and institutes examined the ratio of cases resulting in deaths through April 10, considering cases ending in recovery or death while excluding patients still fighting the virus. They then compared that ratio with the expected death rates based on age of patients from the World Health...

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