A political shake-up in Brazil as the country faces a coronavirus surge

March 31, 2021

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Commuters wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic crowd a public Rapid Transit Bus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 30, 2021.

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Brazil’s top military commanders resigned Wednesday following a shuffling of President Jair Bolsonaro’s Cabinet. The political shake-up comes amid a worsening crisis over the coronavirus in the country where emergency rooms are beyond capacity. Also, US President Joe Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday. He framed the eight-year spending plan as a program to create jobs, promote racial equity and tackle the climate crisis. And, while France is locking down to prevent a third wave of the coronavirus, artists are demanding that theaters and live performances return.

 

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