Brazil's Rio cancels New Year celebration as pandemic continues

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A mates celebrates during New Year's Eve, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, successful Copacabana formation successful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil January 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lucas Landau

SAO PAULO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The politician of Rio de Janeiro canceled New Year's Eve celebrationsafter Brazil confirmed the archetypal known cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant successful Latin America’s biggest country.

Eduardo Paes tweeted connected Saturday that helium would travel the recommendations of Rio de Janeiro authorities to cancel the celebrations, contempt the city's ain presumption to the contrary.

"We respect science," Paes tweeted, saying determination are dissenting opinions betwixt technological committees successful the metropolis and the state, but helium would alternatively instrumentality with the astir restrictive one. "The city's committee says it tin spell up and the state's says no. So it can't instrumentality place. Let's cancel the authoritative New Year's Eve solemnisation successful Rio," the tweet said.

The cancellation of the party, which attracts millions of residents and tourists to the world-famous Copacabana formation to ticker the fireworks, does not travel arsenic a surprise.

In Brazil, the pandemic has claimed much than 615,000 lives, the 2nd highest full successful the satellite aft the United States.

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Reporting by Ana Mano; editing by Diane Craft

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