Without Samba, New Year’s Eve and Carnaval, Rio Loses Tourists as Economy Lacks ‘Fuel’

The coronavirus pandemic pushes tourism away and leaves Culture on 'assisted breathing'. Government aid and collection campaigns have become a lifeline for people and companies in the city.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Covid-19 hit the heart of Rio de Janeiro. An icon of national culture and the main destination for foreigners who come to the country in search of leisure, the city has a large part of its economic based on creative activities and tourism. However, both sectors are among the most affected by the pandemic.

For the first time in five decades, Rio will not have a fireworks show on Copacabana Beach on New Year's Eve. Carnaval will also not take place for the first time since the early 20th century. The celebration was once . . .

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