RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the coronavirus epidemic spreads in Brazil, the country is also witnessing another escalation: anti-corruption operations involving public money in response to the disease.
Since the end of April, there have been at least 18 operations - one every three days on average. In the past week alone, five operations have been launched nationwide.
Police officers are also investigating irregularities in several city halls, including state capitals Fortaleza, Recife, Rio Branco, and São Luís.
In all, these operations have served 230 search and seizure warrants, and at least 32 people suspected of involvement have . . .