Mercedes Benz to resume second shift in Brazilian factory as sales slowly recover

SAO PAULO – The Brazilian unit of Mercedes Benz said on Wednesday it has resumed a second shift in its factory located in Sao Bernardo do Campo, an industrial suburb of Sao Paulo, to increase social distancing among employees as sales begin to rise. The German automaker added that most of its employees working in production lines since May will have their contracts temporarily suspended. The other 50% that were previously furloughed will take over…

"Mercedes Benz to resume second shift in Brazilian factory as sales slowly recover"

Brazil deliverymen for Uber, other apps protest amid pandemic

SAO PAULO – Over a thousand food deliverymen on motorcycles gathered in São Paulo on Wednesday to protest their work conditions, set by Uber and other apps, with their work in high demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers seek higher pay and better health measures, with Brazil now a coronavirus epicenter and delivery workers facing exposure to the virus. The workers complain that their take-home pay has gone down over time while they…

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Brazil posts $7.5 billion trade surplus in June: Economy Ministry

BRASILIA – Brazil posted a trade surplus of $7.5 billion in June, official data showed on Wednesday, more than the median consensus forecast in a poll of economists of a $6.95 billion surplus and up sharply from a $5.4 billion surplus a year ago. Exports totaled $17.9 billion and imports were $10.4 billion, the Economy Ministry said, adding the accumulated January-June surplus of $23 billion was 10% smaller than the same period last year.

"Brazil posts $7.5 billion trade surplus in June: Economy Ministry"

Brazil to test Sinovac’s potential vaccine against COVID-19 in six states

SAO PAULO – A potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac will be tested in Brazil by 12 research centers in 6 Brazilian states, the governor of Sao Paulo state, Joao Doria, said on Wednesday, adding the trials still need to be approved by local health vigilance agency Anvisa. The study – first announced on June 11 – is led by Instituto Butantan, a research center funded by the state of Sao Paulo. The center’s…

"Brazil to test Sinovac’s potential vaccine against COVID-19 in six states"

‘We are not guinea pigs,’ say South African anti-vaccine protesters

JOHANNESBURG – Anti-vaccine protesters took to the streets in Johannesburg on Wednesday to voice their concern over Africa’s first human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine. Last Wednesday, the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Oxford University rolled out South Africa’s first clinical trial, which will consist of 2,000 volunteers. The involvement of South Africa in vaccine trials is intended to ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be…

"‘We are not guinea pigs,’ say South African anti-vaccine protesters"

Fires in Brazil’s Amazon jump in June, stoking fears for dry season

BRASILIA – The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose 20% in June to a 13-year-high for the month, government data showed on Wednesday, as researchers worry that it could signal a repeat of last year’s surge in forest fires. Health experts also fear the smoke that often blankets the region during the dry season, causing respiratory problems, could cause complications for COVID-19 patients. In June, Brazil’s government space research agency, INPE, detected 2,248…

"Fires in Brazil’s Amazon jump in June, stoking fears for dry season"

Brazil restricts foreigners entry due to COVID-19

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s government will restrict the entrance of foreigners to the country for 30 days due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it said in a decree late on Tuesday in its official gazette. Foreigners with permanent residence in Brazil or working authorization will be exempted from the decree, along with foreigners with Brazilian spouses or children. Passengers in transit to other countries are also exempted, as long as they do not leave the…

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Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

– New U.S. COVID-19 cases rose by more than 47,000 on Tuesday according to a tally, the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic, as the government’s top infectious disease expert warned that number could soon double. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open in an external browser. * For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open in an external browser. * Eikon users, see…

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Brazil military moves to protect Indigenous people from COVID-19 deep in Amazon forest

BOA VISTA, Brazil – Brazil’s military delivered protective supplies and medicines on Tuesday by helicopter to isolated Amazon indigenous communities bordering Venezuela and tested frightened members for COVID-19. None tested positive to the rapid finger-prick tests, but the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to decimate hundreds of Amazon tribes that have no immunity to external diseases and whose communal lifestyle rules out social distancing. The operation to help the Yanomami who live on Brazil’s largest reservation…

"Brazil military moves to protect Indigenous people from COVID-19 deep in Amazon forest"