Brazil’s capital goes into lockdown to quell COVID-19 surge

Shops, pharmacies, gas stations, churches and funeral parlors will remain open, but everything else will shut down, especially bars and restaurants, which were blamed for increased spread during the New Year's and Carnaval holidays.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The governor of the Federal District, home of Brazil’s capital Brasilia, decreed a 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has filled its intensive care wards to the brim.

The drastic step came as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the pandemic that has killed 250,000 Brazilians, renewed his attacks on state governors for destroying jobs with lockdowns.

“The lockdown will start today and be total, it will be 24-hours a day,” said a press aide . . .

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