Brazil: Protesters in Sao Paulo demand reopening of businesses amid COVID crisis

Protesters took to the streets of Sao Paulo on Wednesday to demonstrate against unemployment and the deteriorated economic conditions due to restrictions imposed on businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters were seen marching in the streets of Sao Paulo before gathering in front of the city hall. Protesters were chanting slogans such as «We want to work» and holding up banners reading «Responsible work» and «We need to work urgently.» «It's a wide protest because we want to mobilise all the city councillors to open all the stores because it's necessary,» said a protester and restaurant owner Jorge Marcelino, who added that the reopening should be «conscious» and «responsible.» Another protester named Melkisedec Soares said that «COVID-19 exists but we need to live with it until we have the cure,» and added that all businesses need to be open «at a full time.» Sao Paulo, the country's most populous state, has become the coronavirus epicentre in Brazil, with over 150,000 recorded cases and more than 9,500 fatalities. Brazil has surpassed Russia to become the second hard-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic worldwide after the US. As of Thursday, Brazil has reported more than 772,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 39,700 related deaths, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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