Brazil is severely affected by Covid-19, with the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world, and the number of fatalities is growing daily. It is a growing epicentre for the virus. Hospital occupancy rates are stable but remain high, with continuing concern around the health system’s ability to cope.
There are varying measures and restrictions in different states of Brazil. Despite the rising case numbers, Brazilian states have implemented plans for gradual business reopening and are considering the possibility of schools reopening in September.
The country is also experiencing political turmoil at the highest level, with the President downplaying the impact of COVID-19 and disagreeing with social isolation measures put in place by state governments.
As of 18 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has temporarily closed the physical premises of the New Zealand Embassies in Brazil and Colombia (also accredited to Ecuador). The Ministry will be reviewing the temporary closure of these Embassies at regular intervals. The diplomatic staff will continue to perform their roles remotely.