Rio de Janeiro suspends 2021 Carnival due to Covid-19
Brasilia, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from Rio de Janeiro announced the suspension of the 2021 Carnival in Brazil's most tourist state due to Covid-19, which has so far killed more than 20,000 people throughout the country.
At a virtual meeting, attended by representatives of the blocs, the municipal tourist company Riotur and experts in medicine and public security, all participants agreed that it would not be feasible to hold such a huge event.
'Artists and participants in the parades had already noted that they would not circulate without a vaccine (against Covid-19). Our stance is that there will be no carnival in 2021. It will jump to 2022,' Riotur Acting President Fabricio Villa Flor said.
Infectologist and Professor Roberto Medronho, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, does not rule out a version of the carnival next year if the population is vaccinated.
'My assessment is that if there is a safe and effective vaccine with an appropriate coverage, we could hold it in the second semester, like in October, instead of July,' Medronho proposed.
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