CNN: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus

CNN: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus. Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday. ‘Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me,’ he said, referring to the Covid-19 test he took Monday.”

CNET: Coronavirus cases hit 10 million as outbreaks surge in the US, Brazil and India

CNET: Coronavirus cases hit 10 million as outbreaks surge in the US, Brazil and India. “The daily number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the globe, with the World Health Organization on Sunday reporting the highest number of recorded cases in a 24-hour period. The increase saw the pandemic reach another grim milestone as the total number of confirmed cases crossed 10 million with 500,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 database. Over 5 million are listed as recovered.”

EurekAlert: Brazilian startup seeks to develop a wholly indigenous COVID-19 diagnostic test

EurekAlert: Brazilian startup seeks to develop a wholly indigenous COVID-19 diagnostic test. “Researchers at Biolinker, a biotech startup based in São Paulo, Brazil, are developing a low-cost high-performance COVID-19 diagnostic test using only locally sourced inputs. Biolinker is incubated at the University of São Paulo’s Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CIETEC), jointly run by the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN).”

Courthouse News Service: Judge Orders Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Wear Mask

Courthouse News Service: Judge Orders Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Wear Mask. “A federal judge in Brazil ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public, after the far-right leader repeatedly flouted the coronavirus containment measures in place in Brasilia. Judge Renato Borelli ordered Bolsonaro, who has famously compared the new coronavirus to a ‘little flu,’ to stop ignoring the capital city’s mask decree, or face a fine of $390.”

NBC News: Brazil tops 1 million cases as coronavirus spreads inland

NBC News: Brazil tops 1 million cases as coronavirus spreads inland. “Brazil’s government confirmed Friday that the country has risen above 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, second only to the United States. The country’s health ministry said that the total now stood at 1,032,913, up more than 50,000 from Thursday. The ministry said the sharp increase was due to corrections of previous days’ underreported numbers.”

National Geographic: Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply

National Geographic: Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply. “According to figures compiled by the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), the country’s principal indigenous federation, deaths from COVID-19 in indigenous communities have risen from 46 on May 1 to 262 on June 9. Together with numbers tallied by state health departments around the country, APIB’s statistics show that 9.1 percent of indigenous people who contract the disease are dying, nearly double the 5.2 percent rate among the general Brazilian population.”

China .org: Brazil launches new online platform to track COVID-19 cases

China .org: Brazil launches new online platform to track COVID-19 cases. “The platform… displays the number of recovered cases as well as those that are being monitored, in addition to charts showing the number of daily deaths from the disease and the number of deaths per 100,000 people — factors that help determine the degree of contagion.”

Coronavirus: How pandemic turned political in Brazil (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: How pandemic turned political in Brazil. “The country has swiftly risen up the grim leader board of coronavirus statistics and its death toll – 41,828 – is now the world’s second highest. The Americas account for around half of the number of cases globally. Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country, is now the epicentre of the epicentre. But its leader still seems to care very little – or at least that is the impression he is happy to portray.”

Coronavirus: Brazil resumes publishing Covid-19 data after court ruling (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Brazil resumes publishing Covid-19 data after court ruling. “Brazil has restored a website that lists the full data on Covid-19 in the country, just hours after it was ordered to do so by the Supreme Court. The health ministry stopped releasing cumulative totals for deaths and cases on Saturday, provoking uproar. On Tuesday a Supreme Court judge ordered the government to release the figures amid accusations of censorship.”

New York Times: Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data

New York Times: Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data. “Brazil’s health ministry took down the website where it had been reporting coronavirus statistics on Friday. And then, when it came back online on Saturday, the site omitted the historical data — leaving out how many people had already been infected or killed because of the virus. Lawmakers and health experts quickly attacked Mr. Bolsonaro in unusually blistering terms.”

The Guardian: Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site

The Guardian: Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site. “The Brazilian government has been accused of totalitarianism and censorship after it stopped releasing its total numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths and wiped an official site clean of swaths of data.”

Bloomberg: It’s Covid Code Red in Latin America With No Signs of Peaking

Bloomberg: It’s Covid Code Red in Latin America With No Signs of Peaking. “When a top World Health Organization official this week declared Latin America the new epicenter for Covid-19, few experts in the region needed to be persuaded. The data are overwhelming — and overwhelmingly dreadful. The number of regional cases stands at 1.17 million. Demographic giants Brazil and Mexico are posting among the fastest growth rates and logging daily death records. Viral illness is also rising in Peru, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia.”

Coronavirus: Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths. “The number of coronavirus fatalities in Brazil has risen by almost 1,000 in a day, making the country’s overall death toll the world’s fourth highest. Its figure of 28,834 has now surpassed France, and only the US, the UK and Italy have recorded more deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently played down the outbreak, although the country has the world’s second-highest number of cases.”

Exclusive: Coronavirus spreads in Brazil’s oilfields, as six offshore operators register cases (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Coronavirus spreads in Brazil’s oilfields, as six offshore operators register cases. “Norway’s Equinor ASA (EQNR.OL), Brazil’s Dommo Energia SA (DMMO3.SA) and Anglo-French firm Perenco are among at least six oil producers that have registered coronavirus cases among employees or contractors at facilities off the coast of Brazil, according to industry and regulatory sources.”