Coronavirus Accelerates In Brazil Amid Growing Political Crisis

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As the coronavirus spreads and claims more lives in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro — who has consistently downplayed the threat — finds him in a precarious political position. Plus, Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro claims to have apprehended "mercenaries" who sought to capture him in a failed raid.

NPR's Philip Reeves (@preeves106) speaks to host Robin Young about the latest from the region.

NPR is remembering people who have died of coronavirus as they continued to work outside their homes during the pandemic: health care workers; grocery store clerks; city and town services employees; police; domestic workers; mail carriers; caretakers; those who kept serving others as the rest of us have stayed home.

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This segment aired on May 5, 2020.


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