Column: Brazil’s Massive Corona-Chasm

The arrival of the coronavirus is laying bare the huge social inequalities that underly Brazilian society. Inevitably, Covid-19’s impacts on the populace are going to be dramatically uneven and unequal. The consequences for the country could be profound and far-reaching.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Column) In Rio de Janeiro, as in São Paulo and many other large cities, the wealthy have fled to country estates, remote holiday getaway properties or beach houses to weather the viral storm in relative isolation and safety.

Meanwhile, the middle classes are hunkering down in their gated condominiums and serviced apartments. Outside, the poor are continuing life, as usual, going to work every day because they have no choice.

As an example, the first death from the virus in Rio de Janeiro was a 62-year-old domestic live-in servant, in poor health . . .

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