Brazil has again imposed the mandatory use of masks in airports and planes due to the resurgence of COVID-19

A guard applies disinfectant gel to a woman and her daughter, while other citizens use it in Brasília (Brazil)

The masks They will be again duty In the airports s flights From Brazil Starting next Friday, due to the infection rebound from COVID-19according to a new order imposed by health authorities.

The use of masks ceased to be mandatory last August, but has been imposed again due to the “data epidemic which indicate an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 among the population of Brazil,” according to a statement issued by National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) Posted on Tuesday evening.

Brazil was one of the countries most affected by the epidemic in the world, as it has accumulated nearly 690,000 deaths and more than 35 million infections so far, and in recent weeks it has recorded a strong recovery in infections.

Passengers wearing masks at Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo (Reuters/Roosevelt Casio)
Passengers wearing masks at Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo (Reuters/Roosevelt Casio)

According to him National Board of Health Trustees (Kunas), In the first twenty days of November, the number of infections exceeded 95 thousand, an increase of 292% over the previous month.

However, the number of deaths has not increased at the same rate, but has remained at an average of 45 deaths per day in the past two weeks.

The increase in cases by scientific institutions is attributed to the relaxation of vaccination in recent months.

president Jair Bolsonarowho denies the seriousness of the pandemic, boasts that he has not been vaccinated and was one of the main voices in Brazil against immunization.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

According to official data, out of 213 million Brazilians, so far only 49.2% have a full vaccination schedule.

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On the other hand, the Liberal party Request (PL) from Bolsonaro this Tuesday to Electoral justice Brazilians will cancel the votes of about 280,000 ballot boxes that were used in the October 30 run-off, citing alleged errors that would give Lula a victory over the incumbent president.

“It is imperative that votes for electronic ballot boxes in which irreparable inconsistencies in the process have been checked are invalidated, and that the practical and legal consequences of the outcome of the second round of elections be determined,” the PLO said. Signed by lawyer Marcelo Pesa and addressed to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

Bolsonaro’s party claims a “glitch” in five ballot box models, which is supposed to appear in a technical report it prepared Legal Voting Instituteappointed by the formation itself, which “would jeopardize the transparency of the electoral process.”

TSE Chief, Alexandre de Moraesresponded to the request asking whether disputed ballot boxes were used in both water runoff As in the first round of October 2.

Moraes said in his decision, “Under penalty of rejection (the lawsuit), the author must add a request to cover the two rounds of elections within 24 hours.”

The complaint refers to about 280,000 ballot boxes used in the election that match pre-2020 models.

“The discrepancies do not allow the voter’s vote to be verified. This does not mean that there was fraud, but there is no guarantee of the credibility of the ballot boxes,” Bessa said at a press conference in Brasilia, greater than the official result of 50.9% against 49.1%.

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With votes from questionable boxes eliminated, Bolsonaro’s party insists the incumbent will get re-election “with 51.05% valid votes to Lula’s 48.95%”.

Bolsonaro has remained largely silent since losing re-election by a narrow margin of 2.1 million votes to left-winger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

(with information from AFP and EFE)

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