La Prensa Latina: Sao Paulo’s Portuguese language museum returns 6 years after devastating fire

La Prensa Latina: Sao Paulo’s Portuguese language museum returns 6 years after devastating fire. “The Museum of the Portuguese Language, an institution housed in this Brazilian metropolis’ Estacao da Luz station, went up in flames in late 2015. It is now opening its doors to the public once again six years later in the heart of Sao Paulo, offering a historically rich and socially inclusive tour of the world’s fifth-most widely spoken language.”

Reuters: Brazilian Senate to hear Google, Facebook, Twitter in pandemic probe

Reuters: Brazilian Senate to hear Google, Facebook, Twitter in pandemic probe. “A Brazilian Senate committee on Wednesday formally approved a request to call representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify in an ongoing probe into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators want to look into what role the companies had in helping to spread potentially dangerous misinformation during the pandemic.”

Monga Bay: What’s the cost of illegal mining in Brazil’s Amazon? A new tool calculates it

Monga Bay: What’s the cost of illegal mining in Brazil’s Amazon? A new tool calculates it. “Illegal gold mining caused an estimated $429 million (2.2 billion reais) in social and environmental damages on the Yanomami Indigenous Reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state last year, according to a new impacts calculator launched this week by the Federal Public Ministry in partnership with the Conservation Strategy Fund Brazil (CSF-Brazil), the nonprofit organization responsible for the creation of the tool.”

Correio Do Povo, translated from Portuguese: Vinicius de Moraes Digital Collection brings together vast material by the poet

From Correio Do Povo and translated from Portuguese: Vinicius de Moraes Digital Collection brings together vast material by the poet. “The Vinicius de Moraes Digital Collection has just been launched and brings together the original documents from the poet’s personal collection, donated to the Archive-Museum of Brazilian Literature (AMLB) of the Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation (FCRB), located in Rio de Janeiro. On the site are digital reproductions of manuscripts and typescripts of his intellectual production, of his personal and family correspondence, as well as various documents gathered by Vinicius de Moraes (1913 – 1980) throughout his life.”

Washington Post: Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event

Washington Post: Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event. “With a sense of dread, the doctor watched the patients stream into his intensive care unit. For weeks, César Salomé, a physician in Lima’s Hospital Mongrut, had followed the chilling reports. A new coronavirus variant, spawned in the Amazon rainforest, had stormed Brazil and driven its health system to the brink of collapse. Now his patients, too, were arriving far sicker, their lungs saturated with disease, and they were dying within days. Even the young and healthy didn’t appear protected. The new variant, he realized, was here.”

AP: As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil

AP: As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil. “The nation’s seven-day average of 2,400 deaths stands to reach to 3,000 within weeks, six experts told the Associated Press. That’s nearly the worst level seen by the U.S., though Brazil has two-thirds its population. Spikes of daily deaths could soon hit 4,000; on Friday there were 3,650.”

Medical XPress: In Brazil, COVID increasingly hitting the young

Medical XPress: In Brazil, COVID increasingly hitting the young. “Leading the morning medical meeting at an intensive care unit in Sao Paulo, Jaques Sztajnbok reviews his COVID-19 patients. Two, aged 56 and 53, are on ventilators. A third is breathing on his own, but writhing in agony. He is 26 years old. There are fewer wrinkles and less gray hair among patients in Brazil’s intensive care units as the country reels from a surge in COVID-19 that is increasingly hitting people under 60.”

New York Times: Aruká Juma, Last Man of His Tribe, Is Dead

New York Times: Aruká Juma, Last Man of His Tribe, Is Dead. “Aruká Juma saw his Amazon tribe dwindle to just a handful of individuals during his lifetime. Numbering an estimated 15,000 in the 18th century, disease and successive massacres by rubber tappers, loggers and miners ravaged his people. An estimated 100 remained in 1943; a massacre in 1964 left only six, including him.”

‘Covid is taking over’: Brazil plunges into deadliest chapter of its epidemic (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Covid is taking over’: Brazil plunges into deadliest chapter of its epidemic. “At the end of last year Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro – a Donald Trump-worshiping populist who has gleefully sabotaged Covid containment efforts – declared his country had reached ‘the tail end’ of what was already one of the world’s worst outbreaks. Bolsonaro was wrong. Three months later Latin America’s largest nation has lost almost 100,000 more lives – taking its total death toll to more than 275,000, second only to the US – and been plunged into the deadliest chapter of its 13-month epidemic.”

CNN: Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals

CNN: Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals. “Brazil has broken its own record three times this month for number of deaths in a 24-hour period. On Wednesday, Brazil’s Health Ministry registered a devastating new high — 2,286 lives lost to the virus. In total, more than 270,000 people are known to have died due to Covid-19, making Brazil’s the second-highest national death toll after the United States.”

Covid: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’ (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’. “Health systems in most of Brazil’s largest cities are close to collapse because of Covid-19 cases, its leading health institute warns. More than 80% of intensive care unit beds are occupied in the capitals of 25 of Brazil’s 27 states, Fiocruz said. Experts warn that the highly contagious variant in Brazil may have knock-on effects in the region and beyond.”

Poynter: Facebook has an apparent double standard over COVID-19 misinformation in Brazil, researchers say

Poynter: Facebook has an apparent double standard over COVID-19 misinformation in Brazil, researchers say. “Researchers want Facebook’s Oversight Board to evaluate the platform’s exemption of politicians from fact-checking after new research from Brazillian fact-checking organization Agência Lupa pointed to 29 examples of President Jair Bolsonaro spreading COVID-19 misinformation.”

Covid-19: Mystery UK person with Brazil variant found (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Mystery UK person with Brazil variant found. “A mystery person in the UK infected with the Covid variant of concern first found in Brazil has now been traced. Last week, it was announced that six cases of the P.1 variant had been found in the UK – but the identity of one of the cases was unknown. The person, who lives in Croydon, has been traced, as have their contacts.”

New York Times: Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say

New York Times: Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say. “No other nation that experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with record-setting death tolls and a health care system on the brink of collapse. Many other hard-hit nations are, instead, taking tentative steps toward a semblance of normalcy. But Brazil is battling a more contagious variant that has trampled one major city and is spreading to others, even as Brazilians toss away precautionary measures that could keep them safe.”