ROUNDUP / Rio: Corona vaccination certificate also in hotels – São Paulo cancels New Year’s Eve

RIO DE JANEIRO (dpa-AFX) – In Rio de Janeiro, only people vaccinated against the corona virus are allowed to enter bars, restaurants, shopping centers, beauty salons and hotels. This emerges from a decree published by the city on Thursday. This extends the obligation to show proof of vaccination. Those who have recovered are expressly not excluded; they too must have proof.

The regulation also applies to tourists. So far, however, the government has refused to provide proof of vaccination as a prerequisite for entering Brazil.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, Sao Paulo canceled its New Year’s Eve party – as had several other larger cities before. In addition, the state of Sao Paulo moved away from the plan to lift the mask requirement in the open air. In the metropolis of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and South America, the first cases of the new Coronavirus variant Omikron, classified as worrying, were detected in Brazil this week. It could also be the first in Latin America.

In Brazil, which only started the vaccination campaign in January, according to official figures, more than 22 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, and almost 615,000 patients have died in connection with Covid-19 – only the USA has more deaths. 210 million people live in Brazil; the country is 24 times the size of Germany. In Rio de Janeiro, more than 75 percent of the population over the age of twelve are now completely vaccinated, in the state of Sao Paulo 94 percent of the population over the age of 18./mfa/DP/mis

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