The carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, scheduled for the end of February, were postponed to April due to the new wave of Covid-19 infections, authorities reported this Friday.
“The mayor’s offices of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, guided by their secretaries of Health, decided to postpone the parades of the Escolas de Samba” until the end of April, “in respect of the current situation of the pandemic in Brazil and the need to preserve lives,” the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities reported in a statement.
The decision to postpone the sumptuous parades at Rio’s Sambadrome, which attract tourists from all over Brazil and other countries, as well as those from São Paulo, was announced after a virtual meeting between the mayors, their secretaries of Health and the representatives of the Escolas de Samba of both states.
In the midst of an advance in the omicron variant and after the end of the year holidays, Brazil broke the daily record for infections this week, with 204,854 cases registered in a single day, and already has more than 622,000 deaths.
The street carnival in both cities it had already been canceled at the beginning of the month due to the health situation, and at the moment there is no new date planned.
Brazil It has vaccinated almost 70% of its 213 million inhabitants with two doses against Covid-19.