Covid-19: Cruzeiro docks in Rio de Janeiro with 33 positives after suspension of the season


According to the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the Brazilian regulatory body, around 800 positive cases of infection by the new coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19, were confirmed in the last nine days in the five ships that were in operation in the South American country.

One of them is the Preziosa, which, with 25 crew and eight infected passengers, for a total of 2,500 passengers, returned today to Rio de Janeiro before the stipulated date, as it had planned two more stopovers at the ports of Maceió (Alagoas) and Salvador ( Bahia), two northeastern states of the country, before landing in the “wonderful city”.

Due to high rates of contagion, cruise companies in Brazil decided to suspend their operations themselves, from this Monday, until January 21, after the Ministry of Health did not take action in this regard, despite repeated warnings from the Anvisa.

The cruise season in Brazil – which started in November 2021 and runs until April 2022 – hoped to mobilize more than 360,000 passengers along the coasts of the giant South American country and could now accumulate losses of around 45 million reais (6 .97 million euros), according to experts.

Today, after leaving a hospital in São Paulo where he was hospitalized for intestinal obstruction, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, criticized Anvisa for suspending the cruise season.

Despite the nearly 620,000 deaths that the pandemic left in the country and the more than 22.3 million infections, the Brazilian President, who denies the seriousness of the virus, believes that the country’s economy cannot be stopped by a “little flu” – as already classified the covid-19 several times – and asked the regulator for “common sense” before making his recommendations.

The whole world is watching us. It’s not because we’re nice, it’s because we have a lot to offer. Brazil is a power in agribusiness, it is a mineral power, it is a power in tourism. I regret the decision we have now taken, not by my Government, by Anvisa, in relation to cruises. Brazil is a power”, said the head of state.

Brazil is the second country in the world with the highest number of deaths from covid-19, after the United States, and the third in number of infections, behind the North Americans and India.

A covid-19 has caused 5,456,207 deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.


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