Rio postpones world-famous Carnival over COVID-19

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parade is not going to happen in February 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, officers mentioned Thursday.

“We came to the conclusion that the event had to be postponed. We just cannot do it in February. The samba schools would not have the time or financial and organizational resources to be ready”, mentioned Jorge Castanheira, the president of the group that organizes the parades, the Independent League of Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools (LIESA).

The pageant of tightly packed crowds dancing by way of the streets attracts hundreds of thousands of home and worldwide vacationers to the town yearly.

Brazil is at present coping with the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak after the United States. According to official information, it has thus far registered 4.66 million infections and nearly 140,000 deaths from the illness. Over the previous two weeks, it has registered nearly 30,000 new instances and 735 deaths per day.

Rio de Janeiro has been the state hit second-hardest, after Sao Paulo