Weekly Show

Video | Brazil will likely experience resurgence of Covid-19 in the coming weeks

Also featured: Illegal miners threaten indigenous populations, the plight of Quilombolas and Brazil’s very own reggae

Brasil de Fato | São Paulo |
Journalist Rodrigo Chagas hosts our weekly English-language show featuring the latest news and fun facts about Brazil - Screen capture/Brasil de Fato

This week, in What’s Happening in Brazil, we take a look at the three main factors that indicate that the country is likely entering a third wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Higher infection rates, ICU bed occupancy above 80% and a lowering median age of hospitalization, all point to this catastrophic scenario becoming a reality.

Also featured this week, is an investigation into how illegal gold miners are threatening the lives of the indigenous population in Brazil’s northern region. Gun attacks have lead to deaths, while illegal mining activity on native territories increases the likelihood of covid-19 spreading to these vulnerable populations.

In our Story of the Week, we take a look at how Quilombola communities, which are farming communes founded by former slaves, are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to covid-19 vaccination. Often abandoned by the state, these people face an uphill battle to ensure their rights are respected.

In our Culture Talk segment, we will introduce you to a reggae style unique to the Brazilian state of Maranhão, where for decades, the genre has thrived amid prejudice and outright violence toward those who are part of the culture.

Lastly, as is tradition on our show, we wrap things up with some quality Brazilian music and a delicious local recipe. Enjoy!

All What's Happening in Brazil episodes are available at Brasil de Fato's YouTube channel, where you'll also find a special English-content playlist

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva