Brazilian The carnival scheduled for February 2021 in the largest city of São Paulo is postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas said on Friday, July 24.
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“Both the samba school and the organizers of the carnival street celebrations understand that it is not realistic to hold a carnival in February next year,” the mayor told a news conference.
A similar decision is currently being made in Rio de Janeiro, where Brazil’s largest carnival, one of the most famous in the world, is taking place.
In Brazil, a country of 210 million people, the number of Covid-19-related deaths has reached 85,000.
São Paulo is the epicenter of the outbreak in the country, accounting for a quarter of deaths. The state of Rio de Janeiro has also been hit hard by the pandemic.
Covas did not specify when the carnival could take place, but admitted that it could be “the end of May or the beginning of July.”
Although the carnival in São Paulo, a city of 12 million people, is not as famous as Rio, it has also become an ambitious event in recent years, attended by tens of thousands of celebrants.
São Paulo has already left the June June gay pride parade, one of the largest in the world, and from July to November has left the “March of Jesus,” which attracts two million people each year.
The state of São Paulo said on Friday that the isolation claims would be extended for another two weeks until August 10.
In Brazil, the number of new infections has exceeded 50,000 for the third consecutive day, the Ministry of Health said on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to at least 2.3 million since the outbreak began.
The President of Brazil Žairs Bolsonaru Covid-19 was initially described as “mild flu”, causing confusion among the population about the severity of the epidemic.