ZDNet: Personal data of 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients exposed online

ZDNet: Personal data of 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients exposed online. “The personal and health information of more than 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients has been leaked online after a hospital employee uploaded a spreadsheet with usernames, passwords, and access keys to sensitive government systems on GitHub this month.”

Coronavirus: The realities of schooling in rural Brazil (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: The realities of schooling in rural Brazil. “In Latin America and the Caribbean, 97% of children are still not having face-to-face classes, according to estimates by the United Nation’s children’s agency, Unicef. That is around 137 million students. On average, children in Latin America have lost nearly four times more days of schooling than in other parts of the world, Unicef says.”

Covid: Brazil allows resumption of Chinese vaccine trial (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Brazil allows resumption of Chinese vaccine trial. “Brazil’s health regulator has announced that the trial of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine can resume. Anvisa suspended Brazil’s trial of the vaccine two days ago, citing a ‘severe adverse incident’ – reported to be the death of a volunteer. The head of the institute conducting the trial said the death had no connection to the vaccine.”

Reuters: Brazil’s Bolsonaro says cure, not vaccine, way out of coronavirus crisis

Reuters: Brazil’s Bolsonaro says cure, not vaccine, way out of coronavirus crisis. “‘I’ll give my personal opinion: Isn’t it cheaper and easier to invest in a cure rather than a vaccine?’ Bolsonaro told supporters outside the presidential palace in Brasilia. Bolsonaro, who caught and recovered from, Covid-19 in July, has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the virus and continues to promote the anti-malarial chloroquine as a cure despite mounting evidence it doesn’t work.”

Reuters: In Brazil’s Amazon a COVID-19 resurgence dashes herd immunity hopes

Reuters: In Brazil’s Amazon a COVID-19 resurgence dashes herd immunity hopes. “The largest city in Brazil’s Amazon has closed bars and river beaches to contain a fresh surge of coronavirus cases, a trend that may dash theories that Manaus was one of the world’s first places to reach collective, or herd, immunity. When a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, its spread becomes unlikely. University of Sao Paulo researchers suggested that a drastic fall in COVID-19 deaths in Manaus pointed to collective immunity at work, but they also believe that antibodies to the disease after infection may not last more than a few months.”

MIT Technology Review: A city in Brazil where covid-19 ran amok may be a ‘sentinel’ for the rest of the world

MIT Technology Review: A city in Brazil where covid-19 ran amok may be a ‘sentinel’ for the rest of the world. “What happens when a major city allows the coronavirus to rage unchecked? If the Brazilian city of Manaus is any answer, it means about two-thirds of the population could get infected and one person in 500 could die before the epidemic winds down.”

CNBC: Virus disrupting Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival for the first time in a century

CNBC: Virus disrupting Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival for the first time in a century. “A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February. And while the decision is being characterized as a postponement of the event, no new date has been set.”

Covid-19: New fear grips Europe as cases top 30m worldwide (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: New fear grips Europe as cases top 30m worldwide. “The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America’s Johns Hopkins University. More than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late last year. The US, India and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, but there is a renewed spike in infections across Europe.”

Slate: When COVID-19 Came to the Kuikuro

Slate: When COVID-19 Came to the Kuikuro. “When news broke of a ‘foreign’ virus in early March, Indigenous leaders in the 6.5 million–acre territory that is home to more than 7,000 people from 16 different groups promptly mobilized to try to keep the disease at bay. They adopted a voluntary quarantine and produced videos and other educational materials with prevention tips in Karib languages. Still, despite their best efforts, the coronavirus arrived in Xingu. Since the first death from COVID-19, a 45-day-old Kalapalo baby in early June, at least 10 other deaths and more than 210 confirmed cases have been registered….But the Kuikuro, who make up about 10 percent of the overall population of the territory, have managed to mitigate the spread—in part, thanks to innovative use of technology.”

British Film Archive: Brazil’s film archive is facing wipeout

British Film Archive: Brazil’s film archive is facing wipeout. “Indifference and hostility from successive governments have left the Cinemateca Brasileira, one of Latin America’s great film institutions, close to collapse. Director Walter Salles and other Brazilian film industry figures explain how this came about and what’s at stake.”

Deutsche Welle: Brazil top court sets precedent by banning global access to social media accounts

Deutsche Welle: Brazil top court sets precedent by banning global access to social media accounts. “Once again, Facebook and Twitter are finding themselves caught in the crossfire as Brazil’s top court goes after suspected purveyors of fake news. Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered both platforms to block accounts spreading illegal content. The fact that national Brazilian judges are having international social media accounts blocked is a novelty and could have global repercussions.”

NBC News: Brazil President Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, and science minister test positive for COVID-19

NBC News: Brazil President Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, and science minister test positive for COVID-19. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the novel coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the country with the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.”

Reuters: Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has ‘mold’ in lungs

Reuters: Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has ‘mold’ in lungs. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in an online video about ‘mold’ in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching the novel coronavirus.”

New York Times: The Coronavirus Unleashed Along the Amazon River

New York Times: The Coronavirus Unleashed Along the Amazon River. “As the pandemic assails Brazil, overwhelming it with more than two million infections and more than 84,000 deaths — second only to the United States — the virus is taking an exceptionally high toll on the Amazon region and the people who have depended on its abundance for generations. In Brazil, the six cities with the highest coronavirus exposure are all on the Amazon River, according to an expansive new study from Brazilian researchers that measured antibodies in the population.”