Jan 22, 2022 - World

Rio de Janeiro postpones Carnival parades due to COVID-19 surge

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival champions' parade at the Sapucai Sambadrome on Feb. 29, 2020, in Brazil. Photo: Bruna Prado/Getty Images

The Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo on Friday postponed Carnival parades until the end of April due to rising COVID-19 cases, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The cities had already canceled the Carnival street parties, but they were planning to still have the Carnival parade on the final weekend of February.

  • "The decision was made respecting for the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and the need, at this time, to preserve lives and join forces to drive vaccination throughout the country," a joint statement from the cities of Rio and Sao Paulo said, NBC News reports.

The big picture: The announcement comes as Brazil faces a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, with an average of almost 120,000 cases a day over the last seven days.

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