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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro is empty, with no tourists and hotels operating under restrictions on the eve of Carnaval, as the pandemic led to the cancellation of Brazil's most iconic festival and left thousands jobless.

For the first time in history, Rio de Janeiro will not be holding its Carnaval - which would kick off this Friday - and the economic fallout from this cancellation, intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19, will result in losses estimated at around R$2.7 billion.

The cancellation will affect everyone from beverage vendors, who work informally selling on the . . .

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