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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro's world-famous carnaval parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from COVID-19.

Rio's carnaval, the world's biggest, is an epidemiologist's nightmare in a pandemic: an extended festival of tightly packed crowds singing and dancing through the streets and flocking to the city's iconic “Sambadrome” for massive parades featuring scantily clad dancers, small armies of drummers and all-night partying at close quarters.

The event draws millions of tourists . . .

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