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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Covid-19 surge, with ICU bed occupancy rates above 80% in some states, has prompted city halls and governments to increase restrictions on bars and restaurants and end-of-year parties.

Some capitals and governments have canceled Christmas and New Year, banned the consumption of alcohol altogether or after 11 PM, prohibited parties and shows and even advised the population to cancel "secret Santa" gatherings. Other locations, such as Rio de Janeiro, have only restricted the number of tables in establishments, with no limit to working hours.

After three consecutive weeks of increased Covid-19 . . .

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