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Travel Rio postpones its carnival due to Omicron

16:10  22 january  2022
16:10  22 january  2022 Source:   liberation.fr

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Dans le Sambadrome de Rio de Janeiro. Le défilé 2022 a été reporté de deux mois en raison de l'épidémie de Covid-19. © Mauro Pimenel in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome. The parade 2022 was postponed by two months due to the CIVID-19 epidemic.

The joy will wait. Planned at the end of February, the parades of the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo were postponed because of the new Wave of Covid-19. The new date, April 21, marks the beginning of a long holiday in Brazil.

The party, which attracts every year two million tourists, hoped to make its return, from February 25 to March 1, after two years of waiting because of the pandemic.

"The Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo town halls have decided to postpone the parades of Samba schools" end of April, "because of the current situation of the pandemic in Brazil and the need to preserve lives" , announced in a statement the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities.

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The decision to postpone the parades of the Rio and São Paulo Sambadrome has been announced after a virtual meeting between mayors, their secretaries to health and representatives of Samba schools in both states. The street carnival in both cities had already been canceled at the beginning of the month because of the health situation.

Brazil, the second most affected country in the world by the pandemic with officially more than 622,000 deaths, beat this week its daily record of infections with 204,854 new cases recorded in one day.


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"It's a necessary postponement, we will have much more security to realize (the carnival) late April , said Rio de Janeiro's Health Secretary Daniel Soraran. Following the pandemic curve in other countries, we think it is very difficult for the current wave to continue until April. "

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"The most beautiful show of the earth"

"We respect science and we will take balanced and adequate measures for, at the same time, respecting a party which is the largest cultural and popular manifestation of Brazil and which has an impact Important on Rio de Janeiro 's economy, "said the Mayor of the city, Eduardo Paes, fervent admirer of the carnival.

Leagues representing samba schools in Rio and São Paulo said supporting the decision of the authorities. "This is the good attitude, it has the full support of Samba schools and we hope that on April 21 we can have a party full of joy as the carnival requires it" , said Sideni Carriuolo, President of The Samba School League of São Paulo, who attended the discussions with the authorities.

"The Carnival of Rio is" the biggest show on earth ", synonymous with joy, and which enchants everyone" , said a communiqué of the samba school league of Rio, adding that the "life and The health of the public and participants " was equally important.

Samba schools, neighborhood organizations that have up to 4,000 members each, spend months preparing their parades composed of sophisticated coaches, thousands of hand-made costumes, with repeating dancers and musicians for months. To shine before the jurors of the Sambadrome.

Those who had already bought tickets for February parades will be able to use them in April and a telephone line made available to answer questions from ticket holders.

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