Alarm bells: Brazil’s Covid-19 chaos sparks fear, countermeasures from neighbors

Brazil’s neighbors and trading partners are taking steps to limit contact with South America’s largest country - and contemplating more draconian ones.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When the Copa America basketball tournament got underway last month in the midst of a pandemic, the hosts in Cali, Colombia took no chances. Players and staff from participating men’s national teams from around Latin America lived in a local “bubble” without contact with outsiders; all were tested regularly for Covid-19.

Missing from the contest was Brazil. The country has been so ravaged by coronavirus, including a new and highly contagious home-grown variant known as P1, that Colombia would not permit the Brazilians to land on their soil.

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